Well-known as the store the that attracts the disposable income of parents’ bored, over-privileged idle offspring with impossibly white teeth and exceptional hoodie folding skills, Hollister apparently not only has a strict policy of hiring the dumbest white kids in the mall but the hottest as well.
A former Hollister Manager articulated this hiring practice in an email:
” Regrettably, I was a manager at a Hollister (Abercrombie’s kid sister store) a couple years ago. We held constant meetings to review how attractive our kids were. The district managers were obsessed with hiring kids that teenagers wanted to emulate; that were “aspirational”… I got in trouble for correcting my manager when I told him that aspirational means to have aspirations, and what he really meant was inspirational.
We managers were reminded daily to hire 9’s and 10’s. We got called out on conference calls for putting a ‘7’ in the front room. We were sent DVD’s monthly reminding us of the Hollister/Abercrombie look, the “whole package”. We were told that we weren’t following the vision if we weren’t hiring the hottest kids in the mall. More store hours were spent recruiting hotties than actually training people to work. The better looking the “model” that we hired, the less work they would actually have to do.
It was unreal.
So for those of you out there–weighing ten pounds with bleached blond hair an undeserved sense of entitlement–Hollister needs you to fold overpriced garments.