About a week ago I attended my first job interview as a woman. There was so much more to think about than before:
- Fear of discrimination as a woman interviewing for a technical and scientific position
- Fear of discrimination as a transgender person
- Keeping my voice in a feminine pitch range for the duration of the interview
- What to wear
I dealt with the first two concerns by just giving my best absolute possible performance. Nothing else I can do. Similarly, I held the voice up as best I could—really can’t sustain a feminine voice beyond an hour. In other words, nothing much I could do about that than the constant practicing I’ve been doing.
The only real leverage I felt was in choosing what to wear. I originally was going to wear a suit. However, I bluntly decided to favor showing sex appeal instead, choosing an outfit that shows legs and curves (but still wholly appropriate). The company is made solely of men at this point, and I wanted to get into their heads in more ways than just intellectually.
We’ll see how this worked shortly. Here is what I wore: