Well, as I predicted, I did not receive a callback from Hollister. I did my best at the interview, but I am pretty sure that I do not meet their physical requirements.
The girl who interviewed me mentioned something called “The Look Policy,” which I did some research on. I’m not that upset about it really, but I believe that discounting someone for a position based on their physical appearance (I am by no means horrible looking, mind you) is a questionable business practice.
Here is what I found.
This article was actually written by someone who was hired at A&F, and who had serious reservations about what they saw there. I found it very insightful and intelligently written. Although it was a few years ago, so I tried to find something a little more recent.
Most of what I found were articles regarding lawsuits against Abercrombie for discriminatory hiring practices based on race. I had to dig a little deeper to find the ones about simply not hiring people based on what they looked like.
Newer articles are more difficult to find, but I found them.
This is one of the funniest things I have read in a long time. Even the comments section, where people think they are being witty, reinforces his point. He is arguing that A&F is a pretentious company, and the people who are commenting in favor of the company are being so rude. It would be funnier if it weren’t so sad.
This article (yes I know it’s older) basically says what I thought. That even if someone has loads of experience (read: me) but doesn’t quite fit the type of look that they want their employees to portray (read: me), they are told not to hire them. Even if someone has no experience whatsoever, but is pretty, or attractive, they are told to offer them a job right off the bat.
The big rotten banana was this article I found about an interview with the CEO of A&F, who has had major work done to transform himself into one of the tanned, toned, goose-stepping members of his target audience. Yes! That IS him in the photo!!! It’s a bit gross, considering he’s almost 64 years old and is trying to look like he’s in college.
Here is another photo:
Someone’s a big fan of Hitler…
A quote from the article: “we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.”
Amazing. Amazing that this company still has customers when they know that this sort of thing goes on. How can people shop at these stores when they know that the company’s hiring AND marketing practices are so shallow? I can tell you right now that I will never step foot inside one of A&F’s stores ever again.
I have an interview at Claire’s on Friday. They don’t care what you look like, as long as you like fake jewelry and ear-piercing. :)