And that’s why you shouldn’t wear pajama pants to a job interview

Job seekers wait in line at the PA CareerLink-York County on Friday.  More than 250 people attended a job fair held at the office last week.

Job seekers wait in line at the PA CareerLink-York County on Friday. More than 250 people attended a job fair held at the office last week.

Glysol Figueroa spent most of Friday morning screening job applicants who inquired about open positions with Assurant Solutions.

And, aside from the higher- than-expected number of job seekers who stopped by the company’s table at the York County PA CareerLink job fair, the day had progressed pretty much as expected.

And then, shortly before noon, Assurant’s human resources manager said she met a man who wore pajama pants…to a job interview.

“You should come dressed appropriately,” she said. “That may not necessarily mean wearing a suit, but definitely not pajama pants.”

Figueroa said she switched from interviewing to coaching.

“It’s shame,” she said. “He had some good qualifications, but he needs to know how to dress for a job interview.”

By noon Friday, more than 250 job seekers had passed through the fair, filling out applications with companies such as Harley-Davidson, ES3 and Roadlink.

“We are interested in getting people jobs,” said Curtis Tribue, administrator for the CareerLink offices in York and Lebanon counties. “If people aren’t qualified, companies should train them. Give them a chance.”

And that’s what Adam Clauser wants – a chance at landing a well-paying warehouse-type job.

He’s spent weeks applying for jobs with few results.

The five words you never want to hear is, ‘We’ll give you a call’,”, Clauser said. “They never do.”

So, what’s the problem? Why are some companies reluctant to fill open positions?

Could it be that some workers simply don’t have the skills for the jobs they want?

Three hours into the job fair, United Cool Air had received about 30 job applications aimed at filling 10 to 15 positions, said Ann Kehr, a human resources assistant with the company.

“It’s hard to find skilled people,” she said. “We need electrical assemblers and engineers. They are hard to find.”

Jordan Collins of Hanover is one of those who applied for a job at United Cool Air.

“I figured that I’d come here and try to get a new start,” he said. “Some company’s will get your hopes up and then you’ll never hear from that.”

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