I consider myself a fairly casual person, even when it comes to business attire. I’m less concerned about formality and appearances and more concerned about performance and authenticity. Most days I can be found wearing jeans and an untucked shirt at the office. Same goes with most people at our company.
Even being the casual person I am, I was surprised today when a guy showed up for an interview wearing jeans and flip-flops. Granted he was interviewing for a college internship, so it wasn’t like he was interviewing to be our new CFO. But it still caught me off guard.
A similar situation happened last week. Only last week’s interviewee was wearing an old t-shirt with his sunglasses hooked to the collar.
Even if these guys knew our office was a casual environment (and they probably did), why wouldn’t they at least try to look somewhat presentable? I wouldn’t expect them to wear a three-piece suit but come on, flip-flops? Sunglasses?
Maybe I should just let this roll off, but it really bothers me. Part of me is almost offended. I offered an hour of my very limited time to meet with these students and they show up looking like they just rolled out of bed.
These guys obviously have a lot to learn, and hopefully they will learn it wherever they find an internship. Just not at our company.