This Question Should be Banned From All Job Interviews

“What was your salary at your current or last job?”

I know… You hate this question too.

 

Why is this a bad question?

Imagine going to a farmers’ market and telling the vendor that you want to buy three oranges. Can you imagine your reaction if the vendor’s response was, “OK. But first, tell me how much you want to pay for these oranges, or how much you were willing to pay for them the last time?”

That’s an example of how ridiculous this question is. The farmer wants ME to tell HIM how much HIS oranges are worth to me?

It’s a great question for the farmer (or the employer), but an absolutely terrible question for the consumer (or job candidate).

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I love it when people say “I don’t care what people think of me”.  I have two people that they should meet: BULL & SHIT.

Here is what they are really saying: “I don’t want you to think that I act differently because of what other people will think of me“.

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Ironic? I think so.

Interviewer: So hey Robbie, do you care what people think about you?

Robbie: No way! I created this blog for myself. I don’t care if anyone reads it. I write this blog for myself and not other people. I don’t care what other people think of me. This blog is all about me!

Interviewer: Oh really. So why don’t you just keep the blog private then?

Robbie: Ok, this interview is officially over. Where’s my agent who organized this interview? I’m here to talk about how I’m just Robbie from the block, and you’re trying to instigate. I’ll make sure this is your last interview ever buddy. You’ll see the wrath of my power!!

Interviewer: Dude, really? You’re taking this overboard.

Robbie: I knew I shouldn’t have agreed to this interview. I told my agent that I would only do this if there were a bowl full of Red M&Ms in my dressing room, and instead they gave me Red Skittles. Ugh, amateurs!

/End Interview

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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,791,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level will graduate as the college Class of 2013.

Let me write it for you in long form just in case you missed that number. There are ONE MILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY ONE THOUSAND people graduating from College in 2013 in the U.S.

That’s a shit ton of competition. So you start looking for a job, except there is one problem: Looking for a job sucks.

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