How To Mess Up An Interview

  • How about christ?

  • oh my God - ya think ?!?!

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

    **ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI !!!**

  • ... we'll see.

  • 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.


    [font="Arial"]Clifton G. Collins III[/font]

  •'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...

    Arlan W. Dean

  • I, for one, am not complaining...nothing quite like the "whooshing" sound to break up the tedium of a Monday morning!!!

    **ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI !!!**

  • Me'thinks that the whooshing sound you hear is the heads of some people flying about in the clouds with nothing serious to think about. Me also thinks that, while Sean has his tongue in his cheek, he should bite it and quit writing articles.

  • what an FDA...

  • Sean

    I enjoyed your article but this just seemed out of place

    I'd just found him in my living room floor in his undies with my dog and a jar of peanut butter is that a prelude to having sex with



  • Sounds like one more thing he's an expert at...

  • Personal attacks are signs of poor manners and I put forward there is no such thing assentient life where a creature is 'non-intelligent'.

    And I curse every damn day.  Mostly at comments like these, but there are many other reasons.  Im sure this thread will brgin many more to mind.



  • I have been freelance database specialist for over 12 years and i considered the topic very tongue in cheek, not something i would take seriously, normally you would temper your language and the content based on the type of organisation and the person(s) that are interviewing you, I have sworn in interviews, however it is one of those things, that you have to judge very carefully. Any interview is two-way, it is to your benefit to find out if you want to work there as much as they want to employ you.

    IMHO people lose interviews down to lack of technical skills or bad attitude normally, but everyone is entitled to their opinion and I hope that people will wait until the next article from the author before making personal statements about their character. I look forward to the continuation of the series to see if any of the future articles give me any pointers to successful interview techniques

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  • The author makes a couple of good points in this article - most notably, practice answering some potential interview questions, and make sure to demonstrate that you can be a team player. 

    But really, is the question of whether or not to swear during an interview the most pressing matter to concern yourself with?  Personally, I try to avoid using vulgar language, but I'm a big boy and I'm generally not offended when others do so (within reason).  Notwithstanding, when I prepare for an interview I have three areas of concentration:

    -- Prepare myself for technical questions

    -- Prepare for the soft questions

    -- Remember to 'be myself'

    The last item is the most critical.  If I sell myself as something I'm not, the truth will be discovered eventually and things will end badly.

    Tim Mitchell, Microsoft Data Platform MVP
    Data Warehouse and ETL Consultant | @Tim_Mitchell |
    ETL Best Practices

  • I found the article interesting and entertaining. The amount of vitriol it's generated is pretty surprising considering how mild the article was overall.

    One comment about interviews from the interviewer side. More and more what I'm allowed to say and ask in interviews has been curtailed by the corporation where I work. We actually prepare lists of questions that we're going to ask prior to starting the job search process, let alone going into individual interviews. We are allowed to ask about specifics from resume's to individuals, but only after we've asked the canned questions that we ask every other person. As far as cursing, we're expected to not do anything that could in any way lead to lawsuits, so that one is right out the window, despite the fact that there is some, although not much, in the actual work environment. More and more the interview process is a very artificial place in which a lot of good advice offered in this article, may not be applicable.

    Oh, and we are expressly forbidden to notice if someone is excessively religious. Although, it's one of those, as long as no one takes a written note of any kind of behavior that might be a problem for HR later, well, what they don't know won't hurt them.

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  • There should be a law against joke articles first thiing Monday morning.

    BTW, it hasn't been said yet so I'll call it. In my world calling something gay is a great way to kill your chances. Basically if a representative of the group doesn't lead the way then don't go there and even if they do you're better off playing it close during an interview, make fun of yourself to show you can take it but anything else make damm sure your safe.

    Everett Wilson

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