Post # 1
Fiance has been unemployed since February and he just got a call from a psychiatry office where he submitted his resume to come in this evening for an interview (in four hours). YES!
But, yikes, what is he going to wear? This is his first using-his-degree job interview and he has no professional clothes. We don’t have any money to go to Walmart to buy him anything (although I think I’d rather tap into our rent money and go and buy him an outfit then let our landlord know we’re going to be short, but will make it up next Thursday, to be honest, but he’s pretty dead set against the idea). The only thing he owns other than Metallica t-shirts and some solid t-shirts is this black long sleeve shirt:
But he has no dress pants. And he wore this shirt to hand in his resume yesterday. He’s afraid they’re going to think he has no other clothes (….which isn’t untrue :P).
I told him I was posting on here and if you Bees think the tapping into rent to buy a pair of dress pants and some shirts from Walmart (*cringe*) is the best option, he’ll do it.
What do you say? 🙂
Post # 3
I say in the instance go get him some clothes! I would hate to think that my Fiance lost the opportunity for employment because he looked sloppy.
Post # 4
NO! Do not send him in this. He will not get hired unless it’s a warehouse position. This is not suitable. As someone who hires, I would not take him seriously if he walked in to my office.
Go to Goodwill or Salvation Army and spend 3 or 4 dollars on a button up dress shirt, a tie, and some dress pants.
Post # 5
If he is applying for work as an aide, his clothes will be fine.
If he is applying for any sort of job that requires a degree or any professional credentials, he needs to dress accordingly.
Does he have any buddies or family who would lend him a shirt, tie and dress pants?
I think he can get away without a jacket due to the season of the year.
If not, I say head to WalMart or Goodwill.
ps note to recent graduates- get some professional loooking clothes.
Post # 6
@Vidya: I would typically never say to dip into rent money but this is very important, he really needs to wear a proper suit for his interview. Sometimes first impressions will make or break you.
Post # 7
I guess it depends what the job is for. If it is for something where he will need to wear chinos and a button down, he should at LEAST dress in such clothes for the interview. As a rule, you should rather over dress for an interview than underdress and if jeans are not acceptable for the job, NEVER wear them to the interview. You don’t need to spend much and I would think about looking at a dept. store for a sale instead of going to Walmart, I know time is important but maybe you could swing by the mall and hit up Sears or Macys for a pair of chinos and a button down. Better option, could he borrow something from his dad? your dad? another relative or friend? Since it is a financial hardship and short notice, this would be my first thought. I would call around and to family and freinds and get him something to wear for today and then if he gets an offer make sure he sets aside some funds to buy versitle work clothes.
Post # 8
Agree with all of you! Depending on the position, get that man a new outfit! Goodwill and similar stores should have lots of business clothes to choose from for dirt cheap. 🙂
Good luck to him!!
Post # 9
Please spend the bit of money at Walmart or Salvation Army and get him something presentable. That shirt looks like he rolled out of bed and grabbed the first clean thing, not the impression you want him to make. At the VERY least get him a tie, a button down and a pair of slacks. As someone who is involved in the hiring process I’d probably discount him as lazy if he showed up to an interview with me dressed in that outfit.
Post # 10
Wow that is absolutely not interview attire, especially for a physician’s office. Medical office dress codes are usually business casual at least, but for an interview he needs to take it up a notch from there. Go to Goodwill if your budget is very limited and find something quick! Worst case scenario, I’d hit up Walmart and pinch pennies this month. I agree with PP that he doesn’t necessarily need a full suit in August, but definitely dress slacks, dress shirt, tie, and matching dress shoes/belt.
ETA best of luck to him!
Post # 11
I agree – RUN and get him some new clothes. They don’t have to be expensive but something that fits nicely and makes him look sharp and professional. Good luck for the interview!!!
Post # 12
Is there anyone that he can borrow dress clothes from really quickly? Try consignment shops also. He really needs to dress more professionally.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t hire him dressed like that.
Go to a second-hand store or something like Goodwill and get him some proper pants and a button-down shirt. Surely you can borrow a tie from a family member. For shoes – either get some decent ones or just stick with dark colored and hope they don’t notice.
Post # 14
I agree with everyone else – go get him some proper clothes. Just wanted to chime in and send good job vibes his way 🙂
Post # 15
First option, borrow something.
Second option, shop quickly. Kohls is a good low cost option. I just feel like Walmart’S selection is not as professional or cheaper.
pants $17.99 http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/clearance/men/pants_shorts/PRD~984062/Lee+Durabilt+RelaxedFit+Utility+FlatFront+Pants.jsp’ defer=’defer
blue button up $13.50 http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/clearance/men/dress_apparel/PRD~689517/Croft+and+Barrow+ClassicFit+Solid+Point+Collar+EasyCare+Dress+Shirt.jsp’ defer=’defer
If appropriate for the job, I hope he owns at least 1 tie that would coordinate with chinos and a blue shirt.
I would skip Good Will or anyother used shop as there is no time to launder and as offputting as that ill fitting black shirt is, the stuffy second hand smell would really come through to me in a job interview.
Post # 16
He won’t get hired wearing that, I guarantee it. I would assume that a candidate 1. isn’t taking the interview seriously, 2. doesn’t know how to google “appropriate interview clothes” and 3. just isn’t professional in general.
I’m sure he’s well qualified, but nobody will see that if they are too busy being shocked at his clothes!