Light Friday: Outrageous Blunders in Job Interviews

Plus: Wardrobe Advice from the Banking Sector and a Revolutionary Beer Invention.

Fashion Tips and Trends from the Banking Sector
The major Swiss bank UBS has published a 44-page dress code for employees that includes an impressive range of recommendations for men and women, including underwear comfort. (It’s in French.) “Echoing rules applied at Swiss boarding schools, UBS’ guidelines go beyond a list of dress dos and don’ts by providing personal hygiene and grooming tips often dotted with aphorisms worthy of fashion and beauty magazines,” the Wall Street Journal explains.

Here are a few focused solely on men’s hair:

  • The hair care section helpfully notes that studies have shown properly cared-for hair and stylish haircuts “increase an individual’s popularity.”
  • On the other hand, designer stubble is out of the question for men, as is excessive facial hair.
  • Moreover, male employees of a certain age are warned against dying their hair, because “artificial color contrasts excessively with the actual age of your skin.”
  • “Every little hair that grows on the body has a function. The eyebrows protect the eyes from perspiration and eyelashes protect dust and small insects. Nose hair traps dust and foreign matter… .”

The new dress code was originally written as a guide for people attending corporate events who intermittently worked for the bank, UBS spokesman Jean-Raphael Fontannaz told Reuters. “They are meant as recommendations and not as hard and fast rules. It remains to be decided whether the guidelines will be extended to all 300 Swiss branches, depending on how they are received by staff in the five pilot branches.”

Meanwhile, Citigroup recently discussed spring 2011 trends with Business Insider, where the financial services firm claimed that consumers will soon be dressing like characters in True Grit — the Oscar-nominated Western about a headstrong 14-year-old girl out for justice, an alcoholic U.S. marshal with an itchy trigger finger and a Texas Ranger with a penchant for elbow fringe. These will be our fashion muses, Citigroup says.

Roseanne Morrison, Citi’s consultant from the Doneger Group, explained why we’ll all be wearing denim, fringe and gingham prints: “It’s an ode to the western, and, of course, ‘True Grit’ is our cultural reference here, one of the most-watched movies…The whole western, open-range denim story has legs. I think it’s going to be impactful to the consumer, because they’re still into a very strong casual lifestyle business. And however it plays out, whether it’s with gingham or denim, I think it resonates with the consumer.”

If this True Grit trend actually plays out, we hope it involves eye patches.

Bottom’s Up to this Inventor
Washington state-based manufacturer GrinOn Industries recently unveiled its super-efficient Bottoms Up beer dispenser and beer cup, a system that can pour up to 44 pints a minute with just one person using it. With a couple of helpers it can reach 56 pints per minute, or nearly one per second.

Oh, and beer flows into a cup from the bottom.

“Obviously, the cups have holes, but how do they reseal? Magnets. The plastic glasses have a floppy fridge-magnet inside, a circle which sticks itself to a corresponding donut-shape strip around the filling-hole,” Wired’s Gadget Lab blog explains.

American Express OPEN Forum reports the story of the product’s inventor, 28-year-old Josh Springer:

The idea for his unique invention came one day in 2009 when, after drinking from a pitcher of margaritas at a Mexican restaurant, he had a vision. Bursting with excitement, Springer stood up and exclaimed to the surprised family members who had gathered for his father’s birthday that he was going to make a pitcher you could fill up from the bottom. At the time of that epiphany, Springer was working as the production manager of Phoenix Sign Co. sign shop in his hometown of Montesano, Wash., about a 30-minute drive from Olympia. He had always been interested in taking things apart and seeing how they worked. “When I got grounded, it meant that my dad had banned me from touching his tools in the garage,” he says. So, after returning home from dinner that night, he headed into his own garage and got to work.

The video below has helped “transform Springer’s invention from an online oddity into a breakthrough product that is now filling beer cups in some 25 venues around the country, including National Football League stadiums in Jacksonville and San Diego as well as Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals,” OPEN Forum explains.

Outrageous Mistakes in Job Interviews
There’s no shortage of statements and actions people wish they could take back after a job interview. A new survey has uncovered some surprising mistakes that candidates have made during the job-interview process.

Among the most outrageous blunders that job candidates have made in front of hiring managers during interviews:

  • Hugged the hiring manager at the end of the interview;
  • Ate all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions;
  • Constantly bad-mouthed spouse;
  • Blew nose and lined up the used tissues on the table;
  • Wore a hat that read, “Take this job and shove it”;
  • Talked about how an affair cost him a previous job;
  • Threw his beer can in the outside trashcan before coming into the office; and
  • Had a friend come in and ask, “How much longer?”

“The goal of any interview is to stand out from the other candidates and ultimately land the job, but make sure you stand out for the right reasons,” Rosemary Haefner, VP of human resources for CareerBuilder, advises.



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