I once interviewed a job candidate for a staff assistant position who come in for her interview after a day at the beach.
I couldn’t help but study her attire as she entered my office. As she plopped down in the chair opposite me, placing her large, sand stained beach bag on the floor, I couldn’t help but study her choice of interview-wear. She wore a relatively sheer sarong with a deep slit, a tank top and flip-flops.
Recognizing the elephant in the room, she shared that she had “just spent the day at the beach”, and that she hoped that “I wouldn’t mind” her choice of clothing. I did mind. She didn’t make it past the initial interview.
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