Recruiter says people shouldn’t wear hoodies to zoom interviews


A tech recruiter’s LinkedIn post sharing that one of the reasons a candidate didn’t advance was that they wore a hoodie during the video interview is sparking debate online.

People disagree on whether the expectation to dress for interviews is “offline.”

Daniel Space (@dan_from_hr) took to a TikTok sharing LinkedIn post on Friday. In the clip, he says, “A recruiter gets lambasted on LinkedIn because of this post. In her LinkedIn post, she said one of the reasons one of the candidates didn’t advance — and not the only reason — was because he was wearing a hoodie during the Zoom interview. There are a few people who argue that an interview is still a business meeting and you should dress appropriately, but a lot of people say it’s completely disconnected.

On Wednesday, the TikTok garnered 283,600 views.

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Behind him is a screenshot of the Publish by the recruiter, Louise Ogilvy. According to Ogilvy’s LinkedIn profile, she is based in the UK and recruits for tech startups.

In the post, Ogilvy wrote, “Have we gotten too used to working from home to have forgotten we’re still ‘working’. Would you have walked into an office in a hoodie for an interview in the days of face-to-face interviews? »

“When the world went a little crazy a few years ago and everyone turned to video conferencing, interviews, team meetings, I feel like a bigger effort was made. made to look smart on camera. Do we need to remind candidates before the interview to show up in something smart that would be classed as casual wear, instead of hoodies (I love a good hoodie by the way and I’m only using this as an example),” his post continued.

Other LinkedIn users commented on his post, with some disagreeing. “If you’re someone who places so much value and weight on a clothing choice, wow. I’m sorry. I wouldn’t trust you to put me in a job and I certainly wouldn’t want to work for you. Codes clothing and thoughts about other people’s clothing is not something I want to spend my short life worrying about.

In the comments, Ogilvy clarified that this view “is more about interviews and not working from home,” adding that “it’s pretty typical to see software developers wearing casual clothes for sure!”

Others defended Ogilvy’s position. “There is an old conception of respect and effort, quite simply. If you’re hoping someone will “buy” you, you have a responsibility to sell yourself well. I don’t think it’s too much to ask of someone to pack well and look smart.

On TikTok, most commenters on Space’s post disagreed with Ogilvy’s opinion. “She used the term ‘back in the day’ so she’s already disconnected. We are no longer back in the day. Let people wear hoodies.

Some have pointed out how the industry she works in is tech, which is known for being laid back. “She recruits for startups, the candidates know the sector that she does not know.”

“I definitely see both sides! My skills and experience don’t change with a different jersey…” another commented.

“A nice suit would show that you care about the job. If you wear a hoodie, the interviewer will think otherwise,” wrote one TikToker.

Space replied, “A nice suit can also show that you don’t know the culture.”

At least one person lifted the Big resignation, or the movement of shifting power from employers with influence to employees who do not apologize for what they expect from their jobs. In November 2021, a 20-year high dropout rate was reached in the United States. A Pew Research Center survey of those who left their jobs in 2021 found that most left because “the pay was too low”, there was “no opportunity for advancement” and they “felt disrespected at work”. This has resulted in a high demand for workers and, therefore, higher and more attractive wages or benefits.

The Daily Dot has contacted Ogilvy for comment via email.


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*First published: May 25, 2022, 6:22 p.m. CDT

Kathleen Wang

Kathleen is a Honolulu-based freelance writer, editor, and communications strategist who has been published by The New York Times, Vice, Huffington Post, Hana Hou!, and more. She has worked in the communications departments of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the ACLU of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Community Foundation. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the ocean, walking her rescue dog or painting in oil.

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