Read the article here.
While the young lady in question would look more at home in Camden market than the Oxford Circus high street, the article in question did address the ethics of dress sense for interviews. But to what end remains somewhat unclear.
Instead of showing how people can hide tattoos, take out peircings and tie back their hair, perhaps they should have been disuading people from these forms of body decoration altogether?
I used to know a chap with huge ear loops, nose ring, eyebrow peircings and all sorts. Even with them all out, he looked a right thug, even if he was one ofthe loveliest guys you could ever meet.
But, in an interview, often conducted by rather close minded people, he stood no chance of landing himself a decent job. I believe he still works in a call centre, safe from the public view.
This BBC article also comes as the Independant reports on a quite pretty girl supposedly discriminated against for having a prosthetic limb. However, from reading into the story I could only conclude that she was actually rubbish and her having a prosthetic arm had little to do with her dismisal.
However, like the tattoos and peircings mentioned in the BBCs interview article, perhaps she should have concealed her prosthetic in the same way?
The truth is that we can never get away from prejudices and first appearances, especially when an employee is a representative of a company to the general public (aka: the moronic masses).
I work in an office away from the public. But if I came in one day with tattoos and peircings there would be a reaction, even from my open minded work colleagues.
So to appear 'normal' I've never had tattoos, peircings or strange hair (although it is rather spiky). This means I've been accepted to interviews, got jobs and rarely experienced lifely problems of acceptance.
I'm still my own person. I listen to weird music. I have geeky interests outside of work. I don't have to dress in an outlandish manner to be myself. So why do people continue to do so, then expect to be welcomed by all when they challenge the social norms?
Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world.