Post # 1
So I’ve been looking for a part-time job to supplement my income. As it stands right now, my salary just does not give me enough money to live on and build savings. So I decided to apply at the the local bookstore and I put in an application two weeks ago. I called last Friday to check on the application and I called again today.
Well when I called today, the woman took a quick look at my application then asked me to come in for an interview at 5:30!
Here’s the problem. My full-time job is from 9 to 5. Fridays are casual. So today I threw on my normal black dress pants but a more casual but still cute orange top.
I didn’t put makeup on at all. And my hair is just meh.
And I’m wearing white sandals with my black dress pants. I know, sort of a fashion violation. But it’s casual Friday! And I was not expecting them to ask me in for an interview when I called today.
Do you think I will still look professional and presentable? I don’t have time to run home and change. And I can’t go change on my lunch break either.
When I arrive at the interview, should I apologize for how I’m dressed? Or not say anything at all?
Post # 3
@LadyBlackheart: Do you have any colleagues with whom you can switch shoes and borrow some makeup?
I don’t think the top is much of a concern. Most bookstore staff seem to dress pretty casually.
Post # 4
@julies1949: No, unfortunately. I’m the youngest woman in the office and besides that, I’m not close to them so I would feel really weird asking them.
Post # 5
@LadyBlackheart: As the fiancee (and co-boss) of someone who owns a used bookstore in the area and has employees for me appearance is important but you don’t need to look corporate. Just look nice. More importantly we look for how personable someone is (our customers need to like you!), attention to detail and last but not least literary knowledge.
As long as you don’t look like a schmuck I wound’t mention it and let your personality shine.
Post # 6
Hey guys, I have an update. They just called me and told me that the position has been filled. The woman said that I had a very good interview though and they were going to keep my application on file. They had a former employee come back so they decided to go with him instead.
And I understand that, I do. Obviously a former employee trumps new potential employee.
Sigh. I’m just a little disappointed. I’m glad they called me to let me know this instead of never calling, like most places do.
I’m still a little bummed though. I was looking forward to making extra money and not living paycheck to paycheck anymore 🙁
Post # 7
@LadyBlackheart: That sucks. The good news is that it’s almost holiday shopping time. Every year since I graduated college I got a second job over the holidays working at a mall store – easy peasy, good way to make extra money, and fun! I would usually go out the second week of October, decide where I want to work, walk in, ask for the manager, say I was interested in seasonal work, and start training the same week. They’re desperate to hire people. My favorite place to work was Bath and Body Works – no clothes to fold 😉