A couple of months ago, I asked some of my HR friends for their crazy interview stories. A lot of their responses were about candidate attire. They told me about:
- A candidate who showed up for an interview for a job as a day care center attendant in a t-shirt with the word “BITCH” in big bold letters
- A candidate who showed up in full cowboy regalia, including spurs, for a warehouse job
- Another candidate who showed up for the warehouse job, this one in a Superman t-shirt (although I have to admit, I actually like this one—a sense of humor is a big plus for me in any job)
- A candidate who showed up wearing a suit and Vans
Clue: You don’t have to wear an Armani suit to an interview, but you do have to put your thinking cap on before you get dressed.
Also, since “can women wear pants to an interview” remains one of the top search strings of all time on this blog, let me take this opportunity to say it again: It’s 2009. Wear pants. It’s fine. Really.
Tales of the Cluefree appear pretty much every Friday. Past stories are here.
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