I turned to one of my trusted senior colleagues for advice. “Wipe that grin off your face” was his first reaction. I was stunned. He proceeded to tell me that I smile too much and that gives the impression of not being nerdy enough.
The argument of merit alone being the basis for recruitments is a just and valid one, but sometimes we have to consider the social setting we are a part of, and in which case, it becomes impossible to superimpose our presumptions of justice and idealism over a playing field which isn’t levelled to begin with.