03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Goodwill Gives Job Seekers Free Suits, Skirts For Interviews

"Maybe the bleeding has stopped, but the patient is still ill," said William J. Forrester, the president and chief executive of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey. "Actual hiring has got to take place."

To help out, Goodwill in New York did something new for it. Over the weekend, it offered a free outfit a suit, a dress, a skirt, a shirt to anyone who needed to spiff up for a job interview. Formally, there was a $50 per-person limit. But $50 stretches far in a Goodwill store. For all intents and purposes, the outfits were free.