Last week, we asked you if your hairstyle can hurt your career; and now that there are new rumors surrounding firing of the former "Today" show host Ann Curry, we want your thoughts on whether style could influence termination. Shortly before getting the boot from the morning show, Curry implied in an interview with Ladies Home Journal that her appearance and style may have had something to do with her firing. Curry has been known to wear outrageous heels on the set of the "Today" show. But was it always her decision? She said that she wore heels on a regular basis not because she wanted to, but because her audience did. "If it makes women happy, I'll wear them," Curry told LHJ. "But I'm still going to be me..." She dished that she had tried to wear both clogs and flats on TV and that it didn't go over well with her bosses. But that's not the only thing about Curry's appearance that might have concerned her bosses. While other TV personalities try to preserve their age by hiding their grays and getting Botox injections, the 55-year-old journalist said that she wants to embrace her age - gray hair and wrinkles included. "I've decided not to buy into the idea that I want to stop aging," she told LHJ. However, the way you present yourself as a TV host is very important and influential to your audience. Studies show that attractive people are more successful than others, and that people believe them to be more trustworthy and reliable. So when you're competing for TV ratings, little things like appearance can make or break a show. And while Curry still has a youthful appearance now, some viewers might choose to turn the channel once she starts showing signs of aging. What do you think? Was Curry's unwillingness to completely change her appearance a factor in her firing? Or do you think it's irrelevant? Please take our poll, and tell us what you think in the comment section! [poll id="38"]
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September 20, 2022
Did you know that there are interview questions that might seem legitimate but are actually illegal? While there are some that are clearly inappropriate, not all of them are so obvious. Don't overlook the different types of illegal interview questions!
Here are a few types of illegal interview questions you should watch out for during your next job interview.
Types of Illegal Interview Questions
Interview questions about your family life:
- Are you married?
- Do you have any kids?
- Are you pregnant?
Interview questions about race:
- What's your nationality?
- What race are you?
Interview questions about religion:
- What church do you attend?
- What is your religion?
- Are you religious?
Interview questions about your living situation:
- Do you own a home?
- Do you rent?
- Do you have an apartment?
- Do you have anybody living with you?
- Do you live with your parents?
Interview questions about your gender:
- Are you male or female?
Interview questions about your age:
- How old are you?
- What's your birth year?
- When's your birthday?
- What year did you graduate from high school?
- What year did you graduate from college?
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So, what makes these questions illegal?
First, they have no relation to the job requirements. Second, there are strict laws in place that prevent interviewers from asking interview questions that can be discriminatory.
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Unfortunately, there are bad interviewers out there who will try to slip some of these questions in on purpose (hello, workplace discrimination). There are also some inexperienced interviewers out there who simply don't know these are illegal questions and are just trying to make conversation.
If you're asked these questions, whether intentional or not, it's best to be prepared so you don't get flustered during the interview.
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Sadly, these types of illegal interview questions are asked all of the time during interviews. Not sure how to prepare for them? We built an in-depth interview prep course that will help you understand how to respond to such questions.
We hope this article helps you identify any illegal questions you might be asked in a job interview. Good luck, and keep an eye out for those red flags!
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As a 20-year career coaching veteran who left corporate America and the staffing industry to become an advocate for you, the worker, I have a lot to say about this concept of quiet quitting.
"Quiet Quit" Is Not The Right Term
@j.t.odonnell Replying to @messympath I would NEVER quiet quit, here's why... #nono#quietquitting#quietquittingmyjob#learnontiktok#careeradvice#jobtok#careertiktok#careermode♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
First of all, it's not the right term. If you really want to quiet quit, it's very derogatory, it's very negative, and it implies you're phoning it in. And here's my concern with that. If that's the route you want to go and you want to outwardly give the impression that you're phoning it in, you can't. Because you're a service provider to your employer. They pay you for a service. And if they're in a pinch and they need that service and you're capable of fulfilling that business need while having a checked-out attitude, then everything works fine.
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But if the market changes and your company is in a position to get rid of some people, who are they going to get rid of? The quiet quitters. The ones they don't feel are coming to work with the right attitude or working at the right level.
And that's their prerogative. It's just business.
If you're feeling like you need to quiet quit because your company is taking advantage of you, you need to have a conversation with me about how to set boundaries and work smarter (not harder) while still making your employer happy.
I have worked with lots of women whose definition of success was working 60+ hours a week in corporate America. After having their first baby, they go back to their job and only work 40 hours a week. Then, in their next performance review, they get told their performance was average and they don't get an outstanding rave review, and they're so angry.
In your employer's mind, you took something away. Whether it's right or wrong doesn't matter. That's the perception.
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This is why I'm really worried about all these people who love the idea of quiet quitting. If you don't think it's getting noticed, it is. And if the market shifts, you could see results that you're not happy with.
It's way more important—if you are not feeling good about the environment you're in—to learn how to become what I call a Workplace Renegade. That means an independent thinker, somebody who can figure out the best relationship for them and their company. And if that relationship isn't working for you anymore, then we help you find something else and open up that job for someone who would be happy with it.
Take ownership of your career, folks. Stop being angry at the employer. You have more control than you think!
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