This is the first time this has ever happened to me, and I thought it was humorous enough to diary.
Throughout my career, I’ve had to tone down personal style and opinions in order to not scare off the bosses and the clients. (I’m sure you are familiar with this situation.)
Right now I’m interviewing with a progressive-minded organization and was amused to find the opposite situation.
So I walked in wearing a suit to the first interview, because, well, that is what you DO in a first interview, right?
Throughout the session I was asked numerous questions by the interviewers that led me to think they were somehow … suspicious? Questions like “I notice you have a lot of business experience on your resume” (as opposed to non-profit experience.) and “Do you think you would really be comfortable here?” and “Are you OK with working hard and getting your hands dirty?”
And then it dawned on me. Oh. my. They think I’m not liberal enough for them! That I might even be a (gasp) usurper of some sort! But how do you, in a job interview, assure people, “Listen, I’m not only liberal, I’m super DUPER liberal!!” Because you’re not supposed to talk about politics in a first interview. (Right???)
So I dropped as many hints as possible, assured them that I was a hard worker and not a diva, and left, hoping for the best.
It was an interesting day, to say the least.