Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Judge me, but judge me right

Judging others, and others judging us -- such a common thing, but very contentious. Among the common triggers are: dress, accent, physical features, our religion, caste, whether we are vegetarians or non-vegetarians etc, etc.

People judge you by various other parameters as well. I know a marketing executive who prefers to take his car and not his motorbike, because he thinks his boss and clients will have a better impression about him if he is seen coming in his car.

It's not that none of us want to be judged. We are all perfectly okay if we are judged by the answers we write in an examination, or by the way we play in a game. But definitely not by what we wear or what we eat.

Having said that, consider this scenario.

If you have to go for a job interview, would you be dressed in business wear or casuals? The normal practice is to be in formals, and not casuals.

But, the interview is not about being judged for your dress. You are being judged for your knowledge and skill sets in your domain area, that is business. Why should the dress matter?

So, you decide to be in what you are most comfortable; and you go for the interview in casuals.

Did you do the right thing, or was that a mistake? How do you think the interview board would judge you?

(This post is part of the "Blogging from A to Z Challenge April 2018.")

8 comments:

  1. Very simple, Pradeep. If I got selected, my decision was right. Otherwise, wrong.

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    1. Vijay, so are implying that the dress matters more than what you actually know?

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  2. First impressions are most important in a job interview. Before you have had a chance to discuss your skills, you will be judged on your appearance and clothing. It would show how serious you are towards the job and that have taken care to look your best. It would also reflect your attitude towards the norm. So, if you want the job, you need to look the part.

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    1. Yes, you need to be really lucky to have an interview panel who will ignore what you wear and come straight to what actually matters: the skill sets.
      Thanks, Shilpa.

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  3. I have interviewed hundreds of people during my carrier. I do not expect them to come in formal business wear. A decent pant and shirt (men and women) is fine with me. But I will not have a good impression if someone comes for an interview with me in shorts and sleeveless t-shirt.

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    1. Quite understandable, and what is generally the norm.
      Thanks, SG.

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  4. Interesting post. I started thinking 'I never judge'but then when you mentioned interviews I realised I do! I don't expect people to come to interviews in suits but I would be lying if I said that it would have an impact. I suppose I would make a judgement that if they couldn't be bothered to make a good impression just how much did they want the job?

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne for stopping by and for your comments.

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