Career Enhancement

Exit Stage Left: Interview Strategies, Tactics and/or Lessons Learned

Don’t take a job where one of your serious drinking buddies works if you’re meaning to take the job seriously. The last thing you want is Franky telling everyone within an earshot how you stripped naked outside Wrigley last Saturday night or laugh out loud about the repulsive skank walking out of your apartment last Wednesday morning.

The very same people who control your destiny might be on the other side of the cubicle.

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Exit Stage Left: Interview Strategies, Tactics and/or Lessons Learned

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… FOCUS. Don’t pull a Whitney Houston “Hello Cleveland! I just love this city!”, when she’s actually in Omaha.

One of the guys at work has been interviewing with anyone that will listen to him. He was set with a second round of interviews at two companies, but when he went to the first one, he went on and on for ten minutes about their widgets, etc and how confident he was in establishing new leads and closing more business, etc. Problem was that it was the ten minute schpel for the other company.

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Exit Stage Left: Interview Strategies, Tactics and/or Lessons Learned

No matter how cool or hip you think the look is, don’t show up for any job interview, anywhere, with a three day beard. George Michael, Tom Brady and Andersen Cooper could pull off the look, but not guys like us.

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Exit Stage Left: Interview Strategies, Tactics and/or Lessons Learned

Don’t say anything about the obvious sexual tension you sense between you and your interviewer. It may not be as mutual as you think. Really. If you’re that type of person who routinely mis-reads other people’s politeness or intentions, you may want to rub one or two off before you leave the house for an interview.

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Exit Stage Left: Interview Strategies, Tactics and/or Lessons Learned

Don’t think for a second that you can screw around and end up jogging four blocks to your interview and not look like an idiot. I had just wrapped up an interview and was talking to the receptionist, when another guy shows up with five minutes to spar. The receptionist told him to have a seat and complete an application.

The problem here was that he wasn’t going to stop sweating for at least fifteen minutes, as he was a total lard-ass. Even if you’re a Gilligan, you still can’t depend on your sweat glands shutting off just because you’re in some a/c.

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