Will accent and obesity sink stepdaughter's job search?
Jul 23, 2016 5:58 PM - Q: My stepdaughter, a recent college graduate, is living with her dad and me while looking for a lab research position for which she'd be qualified with an average GPA and a degree from a state school. She has had several phone interviews and one in person, but nothing more. Stepdaughter has a guttural Southern accent and poor diction. While I get that these are a result of the area in which her now-deceased mother raised her, in my opinion, they make her sound uneducated and lazy. For instance, she pronounces "pen" as "pin"; "can't" as "cain't"; and then there's - horrors - "ain't"; and that eloquent phrase, "I don't got no." It's my assumption that this may be keeping her from moving further along in the interview process. My husband, her dad, doesn't want to address it for fear of harming her self-esteem. Any articles or suggestions I have given her are met with disdain.