I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people. (Mark Twain)
I admit it. This is my biggest problem. I make a jokes in interviews. I’m irreverent. These jokes really have been used in interviews.
Q. When do you like to arrive at [...]
There is nothing like being trapped in a small, poorly ventilated interview room with a noisome, pungent candidate (or interviewer).
One guy I worked with….. smelled…. funny. Another always wore each white dress shirts for 4 days. A woman I worked with had a mouthwash she used at lunch with a bouquet like bourbon (hmmm). I [...]
I had two people axed for falsifying their resumes in a year. The saddest part is that in both cases the lie that cost them their job was not significant to getting the job. In other words, if they told the truth they still would have gotten the job, they would still have it. One [...]
This story relates directly to your job search, phone calls, interviews, writing your resume, and getting a job offer.
Complete panic, worry, and unhealthy fear were created by my 17 year old daughter as she graduated from high school. In an hour she was going to get her wisdom teeth removed. She’d kill me if I [...]
I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell. (Harry S. Truman)
How about this for answering an illegal or immoral question without losing the job?
Q: “Do you have any children?”
A: “I don’t have any entanglements that will keep me from traveling as needed. In the last year [...]
A moth trap can teach you how to stand out, be remembered, and be hired. The principles can be used in interviews, resumes, and networking.
The moth trap in our pantry is supposed to be much better than the average one. It has the same sticky glue and pheromones, but instead of just a [...]
There really are only 3 job interview questions. If you understand that, you’ll do much better.
Click here for the article in Forbes.
In “The Firm” a new lawyer finds the perfect job: great pay, wonderful benefits and a really high flying lifestyle. Then he finds out he is a part of the mafia and can’t get out unless it is as the guest of honor at his own funeral.
“Will you do whatever it takes to get the [...]
Never…ever suggest they don’t have to pay you. What they pay for, they’ll value. What they get for free, they’ll take for granted, and then demand as a right. Hold them up for all the market will bear. (Lois Bujold)
” How much less than $55,000 will you take as a base salary?”
You probably won’t be [...]
Thumb screws and the iron maiden are no longer considered proper interview tools. Nasty traps are rarely set for candidates. The most common snare is a reasonable question or a pause that becomes the killing moment in an interview. We’ll talk about pauses another day.
Reasonable questions that are dangerous include:
What are your [...]