Interviewing for the perfect job needs just the right preparation — brushing up on knowledge of the job and company, ensuring your confidence, finding the perfect outfit and practicing interview questions. But a new essay on LinkedIn by executive recruiter Bruce Hurwitz has revealed the one thing that candidates do that apparently reduces their chances of landing the job a great deal.
According to Hurwitz's sexist essay, wearing a ring on the engagement finger makes a female interviewee comes across as “high maintenance” to men, and “competition” to women.
"When a man sees that ring he immediately assumes you are high maintenance. When the woman at the office who has the largest diamond on her finger sees that ring, she will realize that if you are hired she will fall to second place and will, therefore, not like you. Lose the ring!” he wrote.
Given the biased advice, many women and experienced employers on the site called out Hurwitz for being “ridiculous” and suggested that his “guidance was misguided.”
“This is ridiculous drivel. As the former SVP of recruitment and talent for a Fortune 50 company I would FIRE any firm who gave this kind of advice to candidates. It's biased. It's ridiculous and it makes women sound petty and small. Welcome to 2016 Mr. Hurwitz you may want to join us here,” wrote Grace Killelea, founder and CEO of Half The Sky Women’s Leadership Institute.
It is rather insane that Hurwitz, despite being an experienced professional and a well-educated man, thinks that women are threatened by other women simply because of the size of the diamond on their ring. Females on the forum advised him to “go meet real women,” and truly that’s what he needs to do.