How to Blow an Interview
All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you for San's column How to Blow an Interview! I'm going through a very difficult time at the moment (job-related, of course) and reading your story gave me the laughs I desperately needed.
The inSANity column How to Blow an Interview was really interesting. It reminds me of my last interview. The interrogator (doesn't that word look like a composite of terror and gator?) asked me what I would do with an irate customer. I answered, "Let him run out of steam and then ask him, 'Do you have to practice at being irritable or does it come naturally?'"
I got the gig.
While interviewing for gigs with prospective clients, I've found that most interviewers expect candidates to be Einsteins. Typically their questions are all along the lines of "Can you do this and this? What do you know about that?" They were not satisfied that I had a master's degree from a top ten school and several accomplishments that were laudable. All this was unimportant!
Having been in business for many years, I know that most people's daily work does not require all that knowledge or experience. The most important things a job candidate can be is honest, sincere, and hard-working. Any person with these three qualities can be trained, molded, and taught to grow into the ideal kind of person required. Why don't interviewers realize this?
Are you serious?
I spent this afternoon in the offices of an organization that's showing every symptom of hiring me permanently. It was my fourth meeting there, and I spent time with three more staff members, all of whom flattered me shamelessly and gushed about the good times they have at work everyday. Nevertheless, I left wondering how the hell I was going to get out of this mess.
I've visited the Aquent Web site a few times before and felt the urge to return. I hoped to find the perfect temporary job posting. Instead I clicked my way to the inSANity articles. Ordinarily I would avoid them -- I'm too easily engulfed by envy and resentment toward those who get to say what they want for a living. However, I couldn't resist How to Blow an Interview. The topic was, under the circumstances, keenly topical.
Not only was the article packed with outstanding tips (for starters, I've been much too well-dressed), I laughed out loud at the line, "Who told you that, your mother?" If only I dared! The thought of saying that to my potential employers (with the recommended sneering tone) and imagining their reactions made me laugh even harder.
Thanks for brightening up a bleak afternoon.
"How to Blow an Interview" was exactly the article I needed to read today. My job search has been quite a nightmare, funded by debt and directed by the devil. Satan is my agent! Anyway, you're entirely too much fun and you added a smile to my Sunday Classified Countdown. Cheers!