Sweat pants? Hired!

Today I had an applicant come in for an interview in sweat pants that were at least two sizes too big, sandals, long johns t shirt and a cartoon character beanie on. She had to hold up her sweat pants when she walked back to my office to speak with me and didn’t bother taking that ridiculous hat off her head… I sat back just staring for a few seconds before I snapped back into the moment. What brought me back? Her talking about the positions that she wanted to be considered for- PROFESSIONAL positions. I had to cut her off and tell her that wasn’t an option and in fact I wouldn’t allow my recruiters to consider her for any position until she came back to the office dressed like she was taking her job search seriously. She immediately took her hat off her head and tugged at her hair to make it straight and sat up straight in her chair and exclaimed that she wouldn’t dress like that for work… Really? I don’t know that and I’m not willing to find out… I politely explained to her that she would be representing my staff and myself if we selected her for a position we had open and I wasn’t comfortable with her representing us in that manner. Now she said she was going to go home and change and come back, but here’s the deal; her first impression has already been made. Think about it.

What has happened that has allowed people to think that the job search shouldn’t be taken seriously?

Author: Kristina H. Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR

My goal is to challenge the way we view, measure, and utilize HR and recruiting in a positive and encouraging way. I love working in HR and value the network of HR professionals that I also call friends. I'm always learning from my fellow HR pros and find comfort in their expertise. I'm an active member of my local SHRM chapter (NASHRM) and a total HR enthusiast! My HR related knowledge is a mix of recruiting, retaining, engaging and just plain helping people discover their passion. I'm a follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Corporate Recruiter, Blogger, problem solver, runner, Sports FANATIC & Razorback surviving amongst the [crimson] tide! You can find me on twitter & Instagram: @HRecruit Snapchat: kminny32 Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KristinaMinyard LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinahutto/ Thoughts here (and on all my social media channels) are mine and do not represent the thoughts/beliefs of my employer. Why would I name my blog HR Pockets? Read about it in my first post years ago!!

4 thoughts on “Sweat pants? Hired!”

  1. I don’t know how unemployment works around here, but does that count as her attempt to get a job so she can keep getting a check? Ugh. Can’t think of any other reason she would think that’s an acceptable thing to do.

    1. Once upon a time you had to have someone sign your sheet that they gave you showing that you had been out looking for work. Now, occasionally, the state will call to see if someone has been in the offic, but I don’t get those a lot. I would say if they called to follow up on this particular person I would share my notes on them and explain to them why they are still unemployed. Who knows what the state would ultimately decide, I have seen it go both ways. I can say my reputation precedes me. I learned something powerful when I was recruiting nurses a long time ago… Nurses know other nurses and that applys to just about any “group” of people. I used to spend a full day a month fighting unemployment claims… not near as much now and I think it’s because people tell other people that we take the time to fight undeserved unemployment claims. A lot of staffing services have so much on their plate that those type of things fall to the way side-but I make sure that we carve out time for this no matter what we have going on.

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