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Tattooed jobseeker told to “put bag over face” September 30, 2010

Posted by Ian in Recruitment.
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I am not sure what job was she applying for but this is definitely NOT the way to treat people.


UK – A British female jobseeker with 30 tattoos and 20 piercings was told to “put a bag over her head” if she wants to be hired.

Hayley O’Neil, 23, went to recruitment firm Jobcentre Plus in Blackburn Lancashire in search of a job, only to be put down by her consultant, reported UK Telegraph. Her interviewer had told her, “On first impressions, do you think anyone would hire you?”

According to O’Neil, he even added, “Look at it this way, if you were to stand behind a wall – or put a paper bag over your face, do you think you would have a better chance?’

O’Neil eventually left the job centre in tears without securing any interviews after he said, “Who would hire you looking like that?'”

O’Neil, who received her first tattoo from her mother as an 18th birthday present, said, “I just felt so humiliated. I couldn’t believe what this guy was saying.”

Even though she offered to remove her piercings, O’Neil claimed that the man went on to make degrading comments about her appearance. According to O’Neil’s statement, the recruitment agent later attempted to apologise which she did not accept.

However, a spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions has denied any derogatory remarks made during the job interview. But he added that Jobcentre Plus usually provides job search tips for candidates such as “dressing appropriately when going for an interview or visiting a potential employer”.



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