Can You Wear Sweatpants to a Job Interview?

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Does the question need to be asked? Apparently sweatpants at interviews is a topic.

Thumbs down sweatpantsWhile I have been writing blogs and tweets for others over the past six months, this blog has been dormant as I dealt with multiple family & work situations at once. Something had to be sacrificed. Now in preparing to start up again, the search was on to find the “right” topic to say “I’m back!” But today realization hit me, just pick one and get back on this treadmill.

The sweatpants question was something I tweeted before leaving the house.

I had just written a blog, decided to walk around and came upon a musical performance in the town square. I shouldn’t have been surprised as I had tweeted about it for one of my accounts several hours earlier. But it had slipped my mind. Anyway, I pulled out the cell and shared a live stream Periscope of it.

That’s when it hit me. Just as I had decided to broadcast the event in front of me because it seemed like a Periscope event, I should just pick something I had thought interesting enough to tweet and write about it.

This blog’s major purpose is to help Small Biz navigate and utilize social media; the minor purpose is to help new writers improve their writing skills so they can secure employment, most notably in social media.

And there’s the connection to the sweatpants topic. Business owners and potential employees. Where do they intersect? The job interview.

Earlier, I had entered “job interview questions” in Google search and this jumped at me:

I have a job interview today at 1:30 at WalMart, but I have nothing nicer to wear, I’m broke with no job. On the phone he never did tell me what dressing type he is looking for. So. I was thinking a plain T-shirt and sweatpants. would it be ok?

Update: I’m sorry for being overweight and not being able to fit into jeans. I do have a pear of black cargo pants but I can’t find them. And I cant find the belt to it. And I can’t afford to go and get any.

While initial reaction might be “poor guy, give him a break,” let’s look at the facts.

He took the time to apply on-line to WalMart. Was he not serious? Did he not consider that they would call and invite him down for an interview? WalMart is not a speedy responder due to a heavy load of applicants. There would have been ample time to at least find the cargo pants and belt. Time to see if a friend or family member could lend him pants. Time to go to a thrift store to buy something for $5.

And— time to walk into a Salvation Army, Goodwill, St Vincent de Paul, or Catholic Charities to tell his tale of woe where quite possibly somebody would have said, “go pick something off the rack kid. If you get the job, come back later and pay for it.”

I would have. The guy was making an effort to get a job. I would have paid for the $5 pair of second hand pants for him.

But the fact that he even considered wearing sweatpants and a T-shirt for something as possibly life-changing as a job interview is frightening. And apparently as this next link shows, not all that singular.

As I said, I tweeted the question and marked it for three people in business for their reactions: @DawnCatherine CEO & Founder of La Bella Vita Cosmetico/Radio Show; @BudLaRosa Chief Business Performance Officer and Chief Financial Officer; and @DrJRogers Social Media Marketing Professor.

Bud was speechless in his retweet, and he usually is quite talkative in his responses.

Granted, clothing codes have been relaxed; I used to work at a company where dress shirts & ties have been replaced now by polo shirts. But the job interview is still the place to look and act professional. The place to sell your brand. The place to say to your potential employer “I will work hard and will represent your business in a professional way to your customers.”

The answer to the question is no. And so ends my first blog back. The treadmill awaits.

(Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

 

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