City candidates should avoid brown shoes and 'loud ties'

City candidates should avoid brown shoes and 'loud ties'

The way you dress and how you present yourself to the world leaves a lasting impression.

But what if someone told you the colour of your shoes could make or break a job interview? According to a recent report by the Social Mobility Commission, candidates who wear brown shoes, “loud” ties or ill-fitting suits can fall foul of codes of conduct.

The report looked at applicants looking to break into the cut-throat world of investment banking. It found that firms recruit from just a couple of top tier universities and only consider hiring those who will “fit in”.

Committee Chairman Alan Milburn said to the BBC that these ideas were an example of “arcane culture rules” which essentially prevented working-class candidates from securing City jobs.

A spokesman for the British Bankers' Association (BBA) commented to the publication, saying: “The banking industry has made significant strides to improve social mobility at all levels but recognises that we cannot afford to be complacent on this crucial issue.”

The report went on to say that the hiring managers were seemingly biased against candidates from “non-privileged” backgrounds.

One candidate explained the feedback he received from a banking interview. They commented: “He said you're clearly quite sharp, but... you're not quite the fit for [this bank]... you're not polished enough... he looked at me and said, 'see that tie you're wearing? It's too loud. Like you can't wear that tie with the suit that you're wearing'.

“What kind of industry is this where I can be told that I'm a good candidate, I'm sharp, but I'm not polished enough?”


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