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Belle’s Workday Reading: July 16, 2014



1) 25 Crazy Interview Questions and Why They’re a Waste of Time.

2)  Visible panty line is the working woman’s curse.  But you can banish it with the super-smooth Hanky Panky Bare Thong.  Don’t want to pay $22 for underwear?  Aerie has a very, very similar product, four pair cost $26.50.

3) Who’s ready for a vacation?  Learnvest has travel tips for working women on a budget.

4) I need a new short-sleeve work dress.  This Maggy London cap sleeve dress (under-$100) caught my eye, as did this Antonio Melani Marisol dress.  Want color? This Ellen Tracy dress is a pretty blue, and this crimson short-sleeve sheath really makes a statement.

5) Each year, I receive dozens of e-mails from women asking if they should remove their wedding rings before job interviews.  Many women fear that prospective employers will see a married woman and think, “Don’t hire her, she’s going to need maternity leave,” or “She’ll probably just quit to have children.”  So I was glad to see that the Administration toughened discrimination protections for pregnant employees, maybe it will have the desired effect.

6) I would be lost without hot rollers. They are a time-saving miracle because your hair does itself while you apply makeup, clean, eat breakfast, etc.  Oprah has a tutorial for how to use my favorite Conair rollers.

7) 9 Resume Mistakes That Might Cost You a Job.  Pay particular attention to number three.

8) Simple. chic bracelets are on my summer wish list.  This pyramid tennis bracelet is incredible.  In the under-$75 category, this Wishbone Cuff and this Jules Smith Big Bang Cuff are both lovely choices.

9) In law school?  Starting law school?  The video tutorials on Quimbee are saving my life.  Sign up here, $15 per month or $99 per year.  It’s like having a private tutor give you a refresher course. (The like above is an affiliate link.)

10) These black Sam Edelman pumps have a classic look, but they’re anything but basic.

11) In January, Ask A Manager received her strangest reader e-mail ever from a woman who had been asked to cook dinner for the company’s senior staff as part of the interview process.  She recently posted a follow-up.

12) Looking for unique jackets?  This Idyllwild Jacket from Anthro is incredibly cool (it’s also a total IRO knockoff).  I also like this Rinsed Indigo Jacket–it would look great over a navy dress.

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  1. DCQ says:

    The problem with the wedding ring during interview issue is that it most likely will never be overt discrimination that can be proven to the EEOC. It sends a message that even the interviewer may not be consciously aware of…

    July 16, 2014/Reply
  2. Casey says:

    While in the job hunt, I always wore my wedding ring but NEVER my engagement ring. I figure my name change since college/past employment as well as my very obvious military spouse status (hard to hide on a resume). I didn’t wear my engagement ring though because it is slightly on the larger side (but not GIANT) and I didn’t want propective employers to think I was well off and they could get away with paying me less.

    July 16, 2014/Reply
  3. Anna says:

    I have a hard time seeing someone who’s married as a drawback. I mean, unless they’re out work and looking, the fact that they’re still looking to move up says their career is important and they don’t plan to give it up any time soon. Now if they had a baby bump, that would be another story. But then again, I’m a late-twenties single woman, so I wouldn’t know from experience.

    July 16, 2014/Reply
  4. Heather Harrell says:

    I could see #14 (14. “Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?” — LivingSocial, consumer advocate ) actually being useful. My job requires giving detailed instructions to people over the phone to complete tasks. This is a great way to see if someone can walk a client through project completion. Now I’m not sure about the *cootie catcher* itself as a walk through, but similar items could be used to determine thoroughness, attention to detail, etc.

    July 16, 2014/Reply
  5. B says:

    Here’s the statement from the company with the crazy hiring techniques. I can’t believe they are still trying to defend this “style” of interviewing as reasonable!

    July 16, 2014/Reply
    • Addie says:

      “The applicants think it’s fun”? Are they insane?! Even my mom, who LOVES to cook and host big dinner parties, wouldn’t think it was fun in the least to have dinner for 40 sprung on her with no notice.

      July 16, 2014/Reply
      • Belle says:

        I know! What a way to defend yourself. Also, $350 to make dinner for 40? A couple hours notice to make dinner for 40? I think this is one of those situations where a business thinks their job is so “in demand” and so “hot” that they have the right to be more choosy and more demanding than they really do. Like prove how much you want this job. Ridiculous.

        July 16, 2014/Reply
  6. J says:

    Re: Number 1, Below is a link to the best suggested “answers” to the crazy questions.

    July 16, 2014/Reply
  7. J says:

    I recently got a very similar panty as the posted Hanky Panky at Nordstrom Rack. They’re just a generic Nordstrom brand and $5 each I think. No VPL line and super comfortable. They also come in a boy short version which is great for under sundresses in the summer.

    July 16, 2014/Reply
  8. save. spend. splurge. says:

    That interview is beyond ridiculous. It isn’t even funny. It’s pathetic and the company should be publicly shamed.

    What an awful way to treat candidates and the unemployed.

    July 22, 2014/Reply
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  10. Cassie Hargett says:

    In our office, we usually wear slacks skirt. And usually, girls wearing this kind of fabric are victims of VPLs. That’s why it’s advisable that you wear seamless panties when I’m gonna wear slacks to work.

    January 20, 2015/Reply