Just don’t

– show up to a job interview wearing a denim suit

– say, after you’ve been asked to provide references, say “Hey, if I forget to send my references to you, just call and remind me, okay?”

– use the phrase “national public intellectual” to describe yourself. Ever. In any context. (Unless, maybe, you are Cornel West)

– answer “no, not at all” when asked if you think a job you’ve never had, at a place you’ve never worked or set foot in before might be challenging. How could you possibly know that it won’t be?

– submit a four page resume that doesn’t include a phone number on it. Really? Four pages and no room for a phone number?

– make it so damn hard for me to hire you.

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5 thoughts on “Just don’t

  1. Kate says:

    I once interviewed a guy who chewed gum the entire time and didn’t take off his sunglasses. It was a very short interview.

    How come you asked for references despite the lousy interview?

  2. Wendy says:

    Asking for refereneces is a standard HR thing for us. And, sadly, the references guy wasn’t the worst of the candidates. Woe unto me.

  3. Kate says:

    I feel your pain. I’m constantly amazed at the horrible interviews I’ve had to sit through – if you’re not on your best behavior at an interview, what would you be like if we were to actually hire you? The last interview I had, the guy seemed basically qualified, but spent the latter half of the interview telling me, completely unsolicited, about his ex-wife, why they got a divorce, their child support arrangements, and their current relationship. SO bizarre.

    I started reading you at Bodies in Motivation, but like your personal blog even better!

  4. Wendy says:

    Oh thanks! That is nice to hear, especially since I am so much more regular about posting here than there 🙂

  5. Gretchen says:

    Eek. I was helping interview grad assistants lately and we were in a big room, and each area had a table for interviews – no privacy. During one interview I looked up and noticed the candidate sitting at another table with her back to me was….. showing buttcrack. A lot. Her short jacket rode up, pants were low cut, underwear not quite so low cut, it was extremely distracting. Not to mention unprofessional.

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