</p><blockquote><p>A sharp young programmer who came highly recommended to
us came in for interview. His suit didn't fit well (at least he had
one) and he wore sneakers. Normally this would put me off, but he was a
young guy so I looked past it. </p><p>The initial introductory
interview with me went generally well, so I suggested that he also meet
the senior members of my staff. I asked him to wait in the interview
room for a few minutes while I gathered up my team leaders. We arrived
back at an empty interview room; the programmer had up and disappeared.
I check with the receptionist, look in the bathrooms, the lobby -- no
one has seen him. On the way back to my office, an employee stops me in
the hall and asks "Who's that guy in Scott's office?" </p><p>Sure
enough, the tight-suited, sneaker-wearing programmer started wandering
around the hallways and stopped in a manager's office. As he was
reading a programming book off the shelf, I asked "Excuse, me, what
exactly are you doing?" </p><p>"Oh, while I was waiting I figured I'd
walk around to check out the place and read some of these books to see
what kinds of programming languages you guy's use here." </p><p>While we decided not to hire the programmer, we did make immediate changes to our interview and security procedures. </p></blockquote><p>
Anonymous:My response was, "I wanted to try being a full-time mother, and learned that I suck at being a mother and I'd much rather be a programmer".
Anonymous:<p>I'm amused by all the "You wouldn't have hired the guy in the bad suit? OMG you suck!" comments.</p><p>Read the description again. The way the guy was dressed was a bit odd, but that isn't the reason that they bailed on him. He essentially ignored a polite request and decided to do whatever it was he wanted. He showed no sense of propriety, walking into and poking around someone else's office without an invitation. Overall, in the space of a few minutes, he managed to exhibit a stunning lack of common sense. I don't want someone who will take that same amazing lack of common sense and apply it to my code, my build system, my servers, or my company's customers.<br /></p><p> </p><p> </p>
Anonymous:But is does have to do with how well they can WRITE a system. There is more to programming than simply designing the system - you have to write CLEAR code that others can READ. If you don't care enough to wear a suit to an interview, you probably don't care enough to follow coding conventions. You probably also don't care enough to comment your code. They might still be brilliant, but I'd rather work with a solid coder.<br />
Anonymous:Sort of like people who show up at a funeral in jeans, or to a wedding in jeans. <br /><br /><br /> </p>
dsfgsddsfgsdfgdsffg:Here's an interview I had once as the interviewer with a candidate:Me: "So I'm going to ask you some technical questions now."Him: "Okay, great."Me: "I'll start off really easy just to settle you down. What does HTML stand for?"Him: "Hmm, umm, okay, umm, yeah, umm, umm, umm..."Me: "Okay, thanks, goodbye."This guy claimed he had three years of web development experience. Yeesh.
Phil:Undoubtedly. However, as others have pointed out, the day-to-day dress standards have little bearing on what you should wear for an interview, which is a formal one-time occasion.And no matter how much time I plan to be spending naked and sweaty with a girl in the future, I do dress up for the first date.
mnature:As a side note to this type of argument, I would point out that men are quite likely to base their opinion of a woman on her weight and how well she dresses... Before you criticize someone for basing an opinion upon looks alone, you might look at the areas where you do the same thing.