hey like me, they really like me" syndrome.
This disease often results in previously sane candidiates deciding they want to "see how high they'll go" instead of what they wanted prior to feeling like the prettiest girl at the dance. Feeling wanted is intoxicating. It can be dangerous.
We have to do these things to make everyone happy, including the candidiate who truly wants the gig but has bedazzled him or her self in the mirror.
e of a man telling a woman how she should behave in a business setting. And the potential for any redemption was absolutely lost when Samantha questioned your stance and your response was (paraphrased) "I am a writer and have been around the block for 23 years...." You might have just as soon patted her head and said "There there little girl...I know better than you."
I realize I am overstating slightly but you haven't reacted to her central critique. Instead of telling women how to act why don't you write about how both genders can dress like boneheads in the workplace and help managers navigate that more successfully.
That might leave less of a bad taste.