29 Aug '11, 1am

A&F hiring controversy: More to hiring staff than just good looks, say recruitment experts

A&F hiring controversy: More to hiring staff than just good looks, say recruitment experts

Ms Zoe-Anne Teo, 20, dispensing yogurt at Frolick. The chain's front-line staff, made up of women aged between 17 and 22, are generally young and pretty. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN By Jamie Ee Wen Wei American fashion label Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) may be on the hunt for eye candy to man its stores, but for most firms here, it seems that looks are not everything. Recruitment experts said job-seekers are seldom hired based solely on their physical appearance. Even when companies do factor in beauty, they will avoid saying so explicitly in their advertisements, preferring to use terms like 'pleasant' and 'energetic'. Background story JUST A COINCIDENCE 'We do not state any requirements that our applicants have to be young or pretty. It just happens that the pool of interested applicants falls into a certain category of young people.' Mr James Ong, director of local frozen y...

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