The Election as a Job Interview
Here is a very interesting analysis sent to me regarding how the presidential election resembles a job interview:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — We’ve just completed the world’s longest job interview, otherwise known as the presidential election. Watching an election is a fabulous way to learn what NOT to do in a job interview, regardless of your political affiliation. Here are some things NOT to do if you’re up for “election” in a new job.
Go negative on other job seekers; You may think it will make you sound knowledgeable, but it can sound like you are trying to hide your own lack of skills. Tout experience you really don’t have; Interviewers see through this. It shows that you are stretching to meet the qualifications. Not answering the question asked; This is annoying. Interviewers will most likely give you a chance to tell them everything you want, but answer their actual questions.
Stay away from Saturday Night Live; You may be hilarious, but if you are interviewing for a job that requires a suit and tie, this will not go over well. What this means to regular job seekers is: Stay professional on the Internet. Make your MySpace page private or take it down. You need to make sure that whatever you post there, you’d also want on your resume. Accept defeat graciously; If you don’t get hired, you should send the interviewer a polite note thanking her for her time and noting that you would be interested in any future positions at her company.
This is pretty interesting and very true. I liked Obama eventually because of his temperament, and didn’t like McCain for the same reason. I can imagine being a boss and saying, John, I like you alot, but I have concerns about your behavior as well as your age.