We all have interview horror stories, whether or not they involved a fashion disaster.
Personally, I remember sitting across from an HR woman at Grey Advertising, who looked down her nose at me and sneered, “So, what do you know about Grey Advertising, besides Mr. X?” ( Mr. X was the kind family friend, a longtime Grey executive, who had secured the interview for me). Needless to say, it didn’t matter what I knew about Grey because she’d already decided I wasn’t getting the job. I do remember I wore a brand new Ann Taylor suit to that interview, my first suit ever. Hmmm, Ann Taylor must not have good interview karma for us. Good to know.
My brother, Mike, interviewed at a big company, but was not hired. Post-interview, he was able to see a copy of the form filled out by his interviewer about him, on which she wrote, “Candidate’s shoes were not shined.”
He had bought a brand-new pair of shoes right before he walked into the interview. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter what you wear…
But, when I went to my interview with Ralph Lauren Footwear in NY back in 1988, I knew that it did matter. Unlike you, my dear friend, I was dressed in head-to-toe Ralph. If he had sold undergarments at that time, I would have had those on too. I had worked for Ralph Lauren, on the retail side, since I was 16-years-old, so I knew the drill. Quite frankly, those were the only clothes in my closet anyway.
I think I was living in Italy when you went to your Ralph Lauren interview, otherwise, I’m sure you would have borrowed something from me, then, who knows what path your life might have taken? But, you seem to have landed in a great place today.
I would love to hear our readers’ interview stories…
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