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    He emailed me to ask whether I was a British citizen or not, and then asked for a recent picture of me. The job is at a specialist optometrist. Is this normal practice? I am trying to figure out why he would need one. Could it be that he is trying to figure out my gender? (my name is unisex) or possibly my race?
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    Most probably, if he is your potentially new employer, there shouldn't be any problems because he is going to see your face everyday :p:
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    (Original post by hiky)
    He emailed me to ask whether I was a British citizen or not, and then asked for a recent picture of me. The job is at a specialist optometrist. Is this normal practice? I am trying to figure out why he would need one. Could it be that he is trying to figure out my gender? (my name is unisex) or possibly my race?
    It sounds as if he is trying to obey employment law by making sure you have the right to work in the UK. He'll probably also want to see your passport.
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    It seems a bit weird to me, but if you want the job I guess you'll have to do it.
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    The ugly test, the reason starbucks wouldn't employ me
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    (Original post by Captain Nebula)
    The ugly test, the reason starbucks wouldn't employ me
    Despite being illegal, such discrimination does happen, but for an optometrist job? That's why it seems to unusual - I've only ever heard of it being the case for waiting/serving roles before.
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    It is not normal practice and that in itself tells you something about the employer. it is difficult to see why anything contained in a recent photo could demonstrate anything that was a 'genuine occupational requirement' - which is the only technical reason a photo might be part of an application.

    However, that doesn't solve your immediate problem.

    You could email back and ask why they need a picture - there may be some legitimate reason (although I couldn't think of an example - high security interview?).

    You could just send a picture and live with the consequences

    Or you could not send a picture, in which case you would probably effectively end the application.

    The only constructive next step seems to be to send a polite email asking why they need a photograph and what purpose it serves in the application process.
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    Yeah, some employers ask that you provide a passport photo with your application form.

    I guess it's for records, or something.
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    I had to send like 4 passport pictures to uni.

    Could be for any reason. Might just be so that they know who you are when you turn up for an interview or something.
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    (Original post by cpj1987)
    Despite being illegal, such discrimination does happen, but for an optometrist job? That's why it seems to unusual - I've only ever heard of it being the case for waiting/serving roles before.
    Its not illegal to discriminate on terms of attractiveness! There are a chain of restaurants near me who only employ good looking people. They advertise that fact and you have to submit a picture as part of the selection process. And bar staff are terrible for it, as my ex boss said "shes pretty, we can teach her how to pull a pint"
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    Might just be fore HR related reasons?

    :dontknow:

    optometrists are sexy usually.
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    (Original post by cowsforsale)

    optometrists are sexy usually.
    Bahahahaha!
    Mine have all been sweaty and over-weight!
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    (Original post by Captain Nebula)
    The ugly test, the reason starbucks wouldn't employ me
    aww i'm sure its because it makes it easier at interview to identify candidates, and discuss them later.
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    Also, so this doesn't happen :rolleyes:



    Old but :rofl:
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    It does sound a little unusual, but maybe just email something back like "I do not currently have a picture of myself on this computer, is this as essential requirement?", and he SHOULD reply by saying yes, and then explaining why it is needed. Then say "okay, I'll send one over as soon as I can".
    But if he just says yes and gives no reason, it sounds a little dodgy to me (not that I really know tbh). But if you want the job, just don't really think about it I guess and send a pic.
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