Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Famous one-liners to avoid in your next interview

Should you find yourself interviewing for your dream job, do your best to avoid these famous hollywood "one-liners."

When you need a little more time to answer to a difficult question, do not say:

"You talkin' to me?"

When the hiring manager has concluded the interview, do not say:

"Hasta la vista, baby."

If given a job offer on the spot, don't say:

"Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"

If the interviewer spills coffee on your new duds, I guess it's ok to say:


When asked to further explain your answer, do not say:

"What we've got here is (pause) failure to communicate." (Cool Hand Luke)

If asked to explain the benefit to the employer if they offer you the job, do not say:

"The force will be with you...always."

If asked to explain your official job title in your last position, do not say:

"I'm the king of the world!"

If you are asked to provide the name and phone number of your previous employer, don't say:

"Houston, we have a problem."

When asked to explain whether you embellished your accomplishments on your resume, I guess it's ok to say:

"Just the facts, ma'am."

On the flip side, if the interview is concluded and you've decided that you wouldn't take the job even if they offered it to you, throw caution to the wind with a lil' Jack action:

"Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here."

Then, reach for your iPod and crank up the Lynyrd Skynyrd while they escort you to the front door. For effect, sing along with the band:

’won’t you give me three steps, Gimme three steps mister,

Gimme three steps towards the door? Gimme three steps

Gimme three steps mister, And you’ll never see me no more.’

Fo sho,


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