littlemisscodeless asked: I hope this isn´t too nosy, but do you dress differently for job interviews? Have you ever been turned down for your look? (I am a gothling who is still 1-2 lucky years away from job hunting, but it´s worth being informed.)
I dress slightly differently for job interviews. No hat, no visible jewelry that is overtly goth or morbid (except for the rings, I always wear those when I leave the house), and a more of an eccentric Victorian governess style in general. But I still wear full skirts with petticoats, some sort of frock coat or not-your-standard-blazer, and I don’t hide the pink streaks in my hair.
I believe in presenting yourself truthfully, which means showing potential employers what I look like. I also make it clear during the interview that I’m good at communication partially because of my appearance; I work at being approachable and polite, and no one I’ve worked with has ever been able to get away with the "I don’t remember who I was supposed to have review this" excuse. (One developer tried it, and his manager said, "Really? Goth Mary Poppins? You don’t remember her?”)
As far as I know, I’ve never been turned down for a job because of my appearance. Because I’m not up-to-the-second knowledgable about certain technologies, yes, but because I look odd, no.
(Hey, anyone need a kick-ass technical editor/writer?)