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No one offers me a job. A lot of people ask to meet me later.

"Male traders keep hitting on me after job interviews"

This is obviously a difficult time to look for a job. However, like many people in the market I am looking for a new role. My experiences have been so startling, and so contrary to what you'd expect in 2020, that they need to be shared. 

I'm a Caucasian fixed income saleswoman. I was raised in Europe and am looking for a new role in Asia - specifically, in Hong Kong. It is proving a nightmare. 

I have had plenty of interviews, but several of these interviews have been turned into what I can only describe as a date. Bars are open here and hiring managers, almost all of whom are male, often seem to suggest that follow-up interviews take place over a drink. When this happens, they quickly become inappropriate. Alternatively, even when interviews are conducted on Zoom I receive inappropriate messages after the interview is over. It typically seems to be the case that I'm told I didn't get the role, but that the hiring manager messages to say, "I can't wait to meet you in person once business travel is back to normal." I have also received late night texts saying "Hey", or photos of my interviewers. This has become so frequent as to be almost standard.

To make matters worse, people seem to presume that it will be easier for me to get a job because I'm female and everyone wants "diversity candidates." It's not. I don't speak Mandarin and I appreciate that this can be a problem, but I have interviewed for several roles where a Western man with no language skills gets the role I'm applying for. How is that? 

I had no idea it was like this. This is 2020 not 1985. Have other women experienced the same thing?

Tiffany Davidson is a pseudonym

Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash

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    Anonymous
    21 September 2020

    The fact she doesn't speak Mandarin is the reason she isn't getting jobs, nothing to do with her gender. Especially in sales roles.

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    Anonymous
    18 September 2020

    The Western man can't have 'no language skills' assuredly they were able to speak English. And how many times is 'several'?

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    Anonymous
    17 September 2020

    What were the 'inappropriate messages' received after the Zoom calls were over?

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    ExPimcoClient
    17 September 2020

    Clearly you shouldn't have to put up with that, keep plenty of records. If you are able to, contact HR / the senior hiring manager and share your experience. You have potential evidence of not being hired because of not giving into sexual demands, a significant liability to the firm.

    On the other side of the coin we had a mid-level manager that would only forward attractive women for hiring , irrespective of skill set, we fired him.

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    Anonymous
    17 September 2020

    In what way do they 'quickly become inappropriate' over drinks?

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