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Posted Monday, October 17, 2005 8:11 AM
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I am with Darrell, this article seems more of a joke than anything else.  How can one take advice from a guy who says that we should not do anything that is "really gay"? 

I am surprised this article even got published here.  Makes me wonder how seriously one should take this website.

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Good idea about practicing before an interview...if nothing else, I go through my resume to see if I still remember any details on projects I worked on 5 years ago...and yes - it is so important to gather your thoughts into coherent strings so you don't end up stuttering and stammering...

As for the cursing...I can't help but think it's better to play it safe and desist - "Curse and be proud..." is more advice for the macho male than the female...I am no prude but I would not curse in an interview however much the interviewer (even if it is a woman) thinks it's okay to use any of the more popular swear words - Like Everardo I too have worked with developers who almost consider it a flaw in their nature if they don't curse loudly and frequently - in fact, one of them invariably accompanied his f...s with thumping on the table with much manly vigour - it would startle the heck out of me everytime and I found that I was always on edge wondering when the next thump-swear-thump would happen and couldn't really focus on my work at all...

I could also never understand why it's okay to say cr*p but not s&*t - do they not mean the say thing ?! Why is one considered more euphemistic over the other ?! This is definitely one time when I would echo Sean's advice about "Curse and be proud..." instead of hiding behind an innocuous oh shoot!..

I must confess to being equally annoyed by people who are constantly asking me to have "a blessed day"...quite frankly that's when I do feel like swearing the most...and I can't help but wonder whether these same people are not the ones who are secretly sticking pins into dolls stashed in their bedroom closet...!!!!









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Posted Monday, October 17, 2005 8:18 AM
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c'mon folks!

...all of this advice requires that as an interviewee, one must actually be observant and at least a bit in tune to the interviewer(s)...use your heads! (yeah, yeah...it's a "People Skill"...a foreign concept to too many IT folks)

...if you're so rigid that you can't rehearse to give a solid self-presentation AND be able to observe and respond on the fly (as appropriate), then maybe you're not ready for an interview anyway!

great article!



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Posted Monday, October 17, 2005 8:27 AM
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What bothers me is I can't figure out what curse starts with "ch"...
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...thanks for reminding me...I too couldn't figure that one out and meant to ask...







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How about christ?
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Posted Monday, October 17, 2005 8:37 AM
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oh my God - ya think ?!?!

well - Sean's the only one who can tell us!








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... we'll see.
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Posted Monday, October 17, 2005 8:43 AM


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How did Sean McCown ever get a job? 

Oh silly me, he is a 'regular columnist', so he writes; and it is junk!

Please do not take this guy's advice.  Cursing is a sure sign of NON-Intelligence.  Intelligent people do not curse.  They are smart enough to express themselves with proper grammar.

 



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Posted Monday, October 17, 2005 8:47 AM
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...me'thinks that "whooshing" sound is the tongue-in-cheek tone of Sean's article (complete with serious and useful info) flying over the heads of some readers...


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