The Daily WTF: How to Scare-off Female Candidates

Story: Feminism's dirty little secretTotal Replies: 9
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Sep 24, 2009
2:56 PM EDT
For your amusement, somewhat kind-of on-topic:

Quoting:At a company I once worked at, several of the developers would cycle into work each day. It was an exercise/eco-friendly thing, I guess. One of the more hard-core cyclists would often wear a full-body Lycra cycling suit for his ride... and would usually not bother changing out of it. He'd just hang out all day, wearing his spandex suit, and writing his code. Being a heavily male-dominated office (like most in the IT world), he could get away with this.

When it came to hiring a new developer, we found that rarest of gems: a qualified female candidate. Being female, she was pretty much guaranteed a job offer as soon as she sent in her résumé, but they brought her in for an interview just in case.

While she was in the interview, one of the interviewers casually joked, "so, how do you feel about working with men wearing full-body spandex suits?"

An uncomfortable silence ensued. They offered her the job. She declined.,-...

Sep 24, 2009
5:12 PM EDT
Yeah well I am male and I would find a guy looking over my shoulder wearing a full-body spandex suit a tad distracting too. We have them in bucket loads around town here aggressively displaying themselves and blocking the traffic with their poncy bike riding. Extremely tempting targets for grumpy car drivers.

Sep 24, 2009
7:09 PM EDT
If a guy was crazy enough to wear that in the office was working in all day he would get enough grief from me alone that he would not want to be seen in that get-up by me ever

Sep 24, 2009
7:46 PM EDT
Yep, me too Scott

Sep 24, 2009
8:12 PM EDT
Says the drummer ... I seem to recall something about bands and spandex ...

Sep 24, 2009
8:30 PM EDT
I take the 5th on that azer..;-)

Sep 24, 2009
8:41 PM EDT
It's different when you're a drummer in a rock n roll band, you're supposed to look outrageous!

Sep 24, 2009
8:43 PM EDT
And the stage is level when the drummer is drooling out both corners of his mouth.

Sep 24, 2009
10:49 PM EDT
Here is a look see at how I present myself on stage..good song too..;-)

Sep 25, 2009
12:16 PM EDT
I live in Austin which is the sometimes home of Lance Armstrong. We've got a lot of hard core cyclists here, including a guy similar to the one in the above story (although he usually changes clothes). Seeing people wearing cycling clothes at work barely gets noticed around here.

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