Saturday, August 20, 2005

A lesson on applying for a job...

While waiting to be seen for my Progressive screening/interview, I (and the chic next to me) noticed that they could probably easily eliminate some people by coming out to the lobby and looking around and listening. It still amazes me how many adults don't know certain "rules" about applying for a job.

Proper Attire...
-Don't wear a sundress (you know, sleeveless or possibly short sleeves) and sandals...they may work in a casual business office, but not for an interview
-Don't wear bright-ass pink capris with a white, orange, and bright-ass pink sleeveless top and sandals...again, while may be suitable for work in general, not so much for the interviewing process
-Don't wear a chocolate brown, faux-suede, sleeveless dress that has a hem-line that is stretching to be mid-thigh and a gold zipper from bottom to top and again with the sandals......your goal should not be to visually demonstrate how far you're willing to go to get the job (best reserve that dress for attracting men at the bar); people, sandals are not considered "professional" shoes in almost all cases; open-toe, open-back shoes had better be spectacular and critical to your outfit looking pulled together if you're wearing them to an interview
-Do wear you pants in the right size and at your waist...I think you know where I'm going with this one; one guy had pants on at least a size or two too large and just barely over his cheeks (not even to mention his other mistake of pairing a brown belt and shoes with black slacks)
*General rule of thumb...go with traditional colors and cover most of your skin because if you don't and everyone else does, you will only make them remember your lack of concern of how you presented yourself rather than any of your experience and knowledge

Before anyone criticizes me for criticizing...I have heard on more than one occassion that people were hired over someone else simply because they looked professional when arriving for the interview. This is what both my mother and IFKAMH were told by previous hiring personnel. And while not every job requires professional attire, like a tractor-trailer driver or a nurse, more often than not, your interview will not have you getting hands-on with the job and your good clothes won't be scoffed at. Most people will see that you were simply trying to make the best impression during your interview and will respect it, even if they weren't expecting you to wear anything special.

Now as far as what you do while you're waiting to be seen...
-Don't talk like you're out to dinner (or at a club) with you buds or girlfriends...you never know how this company will decide to weed out the bad apples; they could very easily have someone posing as a candidate just to sit with the real candidates to see how they act
-Don't answer your cell phone if you don't absolutely have to...everyone nearby will hear the conversation, and now is definitely not the time to start talking about your night out last night and how drunk you got or about how you just found out your "man" has been seeing two other women behind your back
*General rule of thumb...act like you're "on" the moment you step foot in the door; keep discussions as professional as possible, including small talk if you're desparate to kill time

6 comments:

Danielle said...

Hey Woo!!! OMG!! I know exactly what you are talken about. They just hired this chic at my job and fired her a week later...because....she came in dressed totally inappropriate 6 inch gold finger nails, tight ass bright green dress and gold heels, just straight gangsta and she talked like she was in the projects!!! lol!

Danielle said...

P.S. I forgot to mention we work in a Jewish Ultra Conservative Law Firm!!! Can u imagine!!

Johnny said...

well, if u come in a sundress and zero undies, erm... things may happen... to me anyways.

shwing.

Anonymous said...

I am a sales manager for a large telecom company and I can tell you what you are typing ia right on. Another thing - cussing while answering an intvw question doesn't really go that far in getting the job. Dress sharp. Sit straight and, above all, do your homework before the intvw. Research the industry or company so that you'll be prepped to ask some questions of them. It shows you took time out of your life to prepare and gives the company an idea of your thought process. Good luck and I love your posts.

Celebrate Woo-Woo said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices these things...and johnny, I think that's why it's not appropriate for a job interview;>

I completely forgot to put in the post that you should bring your resume...especially when the ad said to apply online and bring a copy of your resume to the location.

Eunice said...

OMG, I am so seriously not surprised that these were all real-life examples!! I see some people and it's like, "you seriously want a job when you look and sound like that?? Whoa...happy job hunting, here's to sensible attire and a command of conversational english. :)