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A recruiter has revealed that she was "lost for words" after a potential employer refused to hire someone as they were supposedly too fat.
Recruitment director Faye Angeletta, from London, said that she has heard several strange reasons for employers rejecting candidates throughout her career, but nothing quite like this.
Following an interview with the candidate, the unnamed employer told Angeletta: "The only thing bothering me is she isn’t the slimmest of girls… I’m not being sizeist but it was rather off-putting.
"Presentation is important to us and you know we have a ‘standard’ for our staff."
The employer also told Angeletta that looks were a key criteria for the role, which came as a surprise to her.
They wrote in a LinkedIn post: "It is an industry full of drop-dead gorgeous people. In customer-facing roles, there is an expectation for presentation and it comes without question you need to look the part on site.
"However, if you want to recruit on the basis of appearance over ability, maybe try a modelling agency."
Speaking to Indy100, Angeletta fumed and described the comments as "shallow" and "arrogant".
They were particularly strange considering that the candidate market is currently low on talent, she added.
In the past, Angeletta has had employers reject candidates for having "garlic breath", for stroking their cat on Zoom like "Dr. Evil", or simply reminding the interviewer of Piers Morgan.
She found this latest incident to be a step way too far and decided to pull the candidate from the running process for the role.
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She also told her client that she was no longer interested in working for them.
Angeletta explained: "You are free as an employer to share your concerns with a recruiter over presented candidates, but there is a line when it becomes discrimination and frankly, insulting.
"Think twice about the words you choose when providing feedback, the candidate deserves to know why its a no but not to feel bullied from the process.
"Constructive feedback which can provide areas for improvement for the candidate for future interviews is the best thing you can give an unsuccessful candidate. That and basic respect!"
The candidate in question has now been able to find another role.
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