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?