We can learn wrong job interview strategies from highly exaggerated television shows. Even subtle idiosyncrasies can mislead our intentions, focus, and results. Although these situations are exaggerated (or not) and reach beyond the scope of realism, all three have valuable lessons:
The job interview lesson from this video from Murphy Brown has several take-a-ways:
- Too much information is an immediate turn-off
- A cordial interviewer does not validate your interview performance
- Emphasize skills and how you can serve the people who will work with you
This episode from Home Improvement has two major take-a-ways:
- Don’t respond to your competition’s credentials hastily without researching the employer, and their expectations.
- Creating assumptions in your mind about your employer is a lack of common sense.
- Please follow the below link to You Tube for the clip, the scene starts around the 2:15 mark.
In this episode of the “Mary Tyler Moore” show, Mary moves to Minneapolis and interviews with Mr. Grant. Note the two main take-a-ways:
- Notice that Mary was direct without being disrespectful when Mr. Grant asked several inappropriate questions
- Always focus on giving positive answers and reactions to rude and obnoxious behaving employers. Sometimes employers will test of your character using inane antics
I’m sure you didn’t mind wading through the ridiculous situations to see the main lessons. For as many tools available on the web, there is no excuse for ignorance. Give interviewing 100% effort, to receive 100% rewards.