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Old 08-07-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Oviedo
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My husband and I own two businesses, one is his, one is mine. We often hire for his business and we're beyond shocked at what crawls in for interviews.

We have a theory: These people don't really want jobs. They want to be able to hand in a sheet at the unemployment office that says they've spent so many hours or interviewed at so many places without being hired, to receive their welfare checks.

I'm not saying this to be facetious, we had a guy who was gonna set the world on fire. We needed him on a concrete crew. The day after hire, he showed up on his motorcycle, wearing black jeans, cowboy boots with spurs and a white(ish) button down shirt! For CONCRETE????

Needless to say, we had to send him home to change and wouldn't you know, he lived 40 miles away!

I ended up pouring and floating 20 yards of concrete with my husband, as concrete doesn't sit around and wait for someone to be 3 hours late.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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Many people don't have money to purchase decent clothing.

Continue to live in your ivory bubble though.
Being poor is not an excuse for being unclean.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I just don't understand why anyone would even show up to an interview dressed poorly. Why are they wasting their time and gas. I mean dressing correctly is probably the easiest part of the interview. I've never not worn a full suit and tie with good shoes and socks.

At times I've been commented on being overdressed. There are times where overdressing can hurt you but that is rare and most places understand you are just being prudent.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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I wore a suit and tie last month for a retail position that was going to be part time with a pay rate of 8.25 an hour. Yes, I came in overdressed. However, majority of the time I always wear a suit and tie for interviews.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I'm not saying this to be facetious, we had a guy who was gonna set the world on fire. We needed him on a concrete crew. The day after hire, he showed up on his motorcycle, wearing black jeans, cowboy boots with spurs and a white(ish) button down shirt! For CONCRETE????
Did he lie about his experience or did you hire somebody untrained and then wonder why he didn't know about the job?
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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No excuse not to have on clean, decent clothing. When I went job hunting for a part time job, I was a student and had typical student attire. I went to Goodwill, got a few items for less than $5. I was dressed appropriately. Landed the job. Then I carefully took a bit of my money each week and purchased more items at Goodwill, building up my wardrobe. I continued this way for months, looked great and was complimented by my coworkers for looking "professional," despite being a student.

There is no excuse for nasty and dirty. Even homeless folks can wash off in a public restroom.

And there is no excuse for tight, revealing or otherwise inappropriate clothing. Every town has a Goodwill, Salvation Army and/or Thrift Shops. Clothing items can also be found at yard sales, including shoes and even jewelry!
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It can be difficult for a short man to dress nicely from the thrift store, if he doesn't know how to hem pants or have someone who can sew for him. You also need an iron to make most dress shirts look good. I remember a few times when hubby and I were just starting out when he looked pretty shabby going to interviews. Now he can manage the whole suit and tie thing if he needs to, even from the thrift store, because I've learned how to alter clothes over the years.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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it's not hard to learn how to hem pants (and there's no reason men can't do it), and irons are not expensive. you can find a working iron at a thrift store or yard sale for a dollar. or a new one for 5. you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone and get hemming tape (a dollar or two for a bunch) and an iron, then you don't even have to learn simple sewing.

i'm usually the one arguing for empathy on this board but come on. this stuff isn't rocket science.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:11 PM
 
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Being poor is not an excuse for being unclean.
Again, you don't know a person's living situation or what they have access to.

I'm not gonna elaborate, but poverty is more than just having "clean" clothes. You'd be surprised at how many thousands of people basically live in their cars and can only wash up at the gas station or gym (if they can afford a membership).

Poverty is DEEP in this country and increases by thousands more everyday.

Again, living in the ivory tower must be real nice. I wish I could live in one and find me a pair of rose colored glasses too.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Again, you don't know a person's living situation or what they have access to.

I'm not gonna elaborate, but poverty is more than just having "clean" clothes. You'd be surprised at how many thousands of people basically live in their cars and can only wash up at the gas station or gym (if they can afford a membership).

Poverty is DEEP in this country and increases by thousands more everyday.

Again, living in the ivory tower must be real nice. I wish I could live in one and find me a pair of rose colored glasses too.
I was just reading the story about the guy in Silicon Valley living out of a Honda Civic He said have bought a van at least like the guy in NC.
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