Hi Suzie   – the positive takeaways from this experience is that you asked for feedback. But yes, some companies are conservative,  even if the dress code for the office is smart casual, which can allow bare legs. The people working there already have jobs.  I always suggest that candidates dress appropriately for the sector they wish to interview for. Each profession also has its own uniform and judgments are made on appearances.

However, unless you’re applying to be a life guard or another occupation where the dress code expectations would be different,  always dress formally for interviews, which will includes tights or stockings.  Even then, unless you are interviewing at the side of a pool or on the beach, in any office situation full business attire would always be advisable.  You can always take them off when you leave the building. Recently one candidate I know, was advised not to come for a second interview wearing red (co-ordinating, expensive) ballet pumps. For some reason they would not have gone down well with the senior management and she was given the heads up and went on to get the position. There are also cultural differences, age and even religious factors which might come into play and you may not even be aware of those until you get to the interview. So caution is advisable.

My own feeling is that you might have to consider that there were other factors involved, but the interviewer chose not to disclose them.  But can a factor as small as this play a key part? Yes, regrettably it can.

About Dorothy Dalton

Dorothy is an International Talent Management Strategist, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of 3Plus. She works on both sides of the executive search spectrum from” hire to retire”, specialising in sourcing hard to find candidates for executive search firms and international organisations. She uses her active and deep knowledge of the job search market to support individuals in designing their career strategies, including the creation of a Personal Brand. As a career coach based in Brussels and working globally, she is digitally savvy, with an internationally recognized blog on career transition and a strong niche- market social media presence, she successfully embraced new technology to combine the best of the old-style methodologies with the new. As Co-Founder of 3Plus International she is pro-active in supporting, mentoring and sponsoring women to advance their careers, presence and visibility in the workplace. She is contributes regularly to various media both on and off line, as well speaking at conferences and running workshops.