COMPANY CULTURE / OCT. 16, 2013
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The World’s Most Demanding Employers

Earlier this week the BBC reported how the Twin Stars Diner in Moscow has decided it will only hire sets of – you guessed it – identical twins.

As employment practices go, it's definitely novel, but given that the chances of having identical twins is only about one in every 285 births, the restaurant’s strategy will significantly cut its chances of getting many applicants (especially those who also want to relocate to Russia).

But, if you thought this was a tough employment condition, there are other firms out there also just as picky about who they hire:

1)    No men please: Earlier this summerlow-cost Indian Airline GoAir announced that it would only hire female flight attendants from now on – not because men can’t do the job, but because women (on average), are 33-44lb lighter, so the move will save the company approximately 30million rupees (or £330,000) a year in reduced fuel costs.

2)    Sorry, you’re too clever: Earlier this year the US District Court upheld New London Police, Connecticut, policy of discriminate against people who it deemed were ‘too clever’. New London only interviews candidates who score 20-27 on its intelligence exam (which corresponds to having an IQ of 104-114, or just a little above average), because it says those who score too highly could get bored with police work, and leave too soon after completing costly training.

3)    No (or not much) hair please: In 2013 Disney (which has it’s famous ‘Disney Look’) finally relented, and allowed its staff to being able to sport beards and moustaches. But it still hasn't gone the whole hog: hair growth still can’t be longer than three-quarters of an inch. (Until 2010, female Disney employees were required to adhere to a strict dress code, including having to wear pantyhose with skirts and being forbidden to wear sleeveless tops).

4)    Only beautiful people need apply: In 2006, the CEO of trendy clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch, Mike Jeffries famously said the brand “only hires good-looking people in our stores because good looking people attract other good looking people, and we want to market to cool, good looking people.” However, the policy has backfired. In 2009 however, British employee Riam Dean, who was born without a left forearm, won £9,000 from the firm after the courts agreed she had been forced to work in its stock-room, where she wouldn't be seen by customers. 

So, next time you think it's been tough finding a role, remember, there are some pretty exacting employers out there.

However, a tidy trimmed beard/hair, looking presentable and having the right qualifications - these are job-seeking attributes that never go out of fashion with employers.

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