"Are you here to become a model or a doctor?"
That was a paraphrase of part of what my interviewer asked me in my job interview. I could take it as a compliment that I look good enough to be a model on that day..but clearly it wasn’t meant to be a compliment. BELIEVE ME. I was dressed as formally as I know how without a coat.
My outfit was similar to the girl on the right, except that my hair was tied up neatly in a pony tail, I had a pink long-sleeves shirt on, black pants and a black sweater vest (something like the picture below).
Now tell me, how in the world did she perceive a model would look like? When she first asked me it, I didn’t know whether I should be tinkled pink or annoyingly red. Goodness! I tried my utmost best to dress as formal as I can, in the attire which I assumed would be worn by women who work in the office and she claims I’m inappropriately dressed? Okay. She’s the interviewer.. can’t do much about it. I won’t elaborate how far the conversation went into clothing and attire for work, but it pretty much evolved around conservatism and my upbringing. The beginning of the interview clearly did not start in the best setting and so it affected me quite a bit for the following unrelated questions, although I felt it wasn’t fair that there was only one untold acceptable dress code for women. I shall reserve my comments on the mood and tone of the questions which followed. Let’s just say I really did not expect my first job interview to take place like this. Oh well, it’s over now. Just got to accept it and move on.