As if job interviews weren’t stressful enough…
A large part of preparing for a job interview involves choosing what to wear.
After deciding the persona we want to present to the strangers interviewing us, it becomes a case of searching through the wardrobe (or hitting the shops) for the perfect interview outfit.
But for me, when I went for a job last year, part of my guise meant going without my wedding ring.
It wasn’t because it was too hard to get on my finger because it had significantly puffed up since my wedding (though it had).
And I didn’t forget to put it on. Quite the opposite, in fact.
After thinking on it for quite a while, I chose not to wear my ring so there was one less piece of information the interviewers had on which to judge me.
I felt that being female and in my late 20s might be enough to raise negative thoughts of maternity leave, carers leave and job-sharing in the minds of the interviewing panel, let alone the sight of a big, sparkly diamond.
This type of prejudice had been on my mind ever since a recruiter told a friend of mine to just stay in the job she was trying to leave because, with her age, gender and marital status, no other law firms would hire her.
And I was afraid that having my marital status on show during the interview would detract from my just as sparkly this-weakness-is-really-a-positive rant.
Of course, I technically shouldn’t need to have taken this rather drastic step as it’s illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of their marital status (as well as their age, carer responsibilities, pregnancy, gender, sexual preference, race and other attributes).
I was worried I was being paranoid and spoke to some friends about it. It turns out, I wasn’t the only one who had hidden their bling.
A 2013 study also found that one in three women removed their ring for a job interview so as to not harm their prospects of success.