Samantha says "When I interview potential employees, my first impression is what I see. If you dress sloppily, your chances of being hired have dropped to less than 1%. This goes for both men and women."
On the other hand, Leah says "Pantyhose are no longer worn, and wearing them makes you look like a giant dorky idiot."
Another person who commented, and who says she is a giant dorky idiot, warns "Many companies remain 'conservative' and they are not all in the midwest. It is an absolute that you know about the culture of an organization before you go into the interview."
Cover letters, believe it or not, can be just as controversial as pantyhose. Rufus says "Walking into a job opening without a cover letter is like not tying up the bathrobe. You may have nice stuff, but you want to control the rate of exposure." Jared, on the other hand, doesn't bother sending cover letters at all.
I'm in favor of cover letters. I think they give you an opportunity to make a good impression and help your resume stand out from the crowd. I'm in favor of pantyhose, too, though my teenage daughter can't imagine wearing them under any circumstances.
Then, we have lying on your resume. I'm always surprised at the people who say they don't have any qualms about it. And, not quite as controversial, but still with varied opinions, are following up after an interview and quitting without notice.
How about you? What do you think? Pantyhose or no way? Cover letters - yes or no? Giving notice or not? Following up or waiting to hear?
- Should you wear pantyhose to a job interview?
- Do you need a cover letter?
- Would you lie on your resume?
- What not to wear to an interview?
- How should you follow up after an interview?
- Would you quit without notice?
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