Don’t Do This On An Interview

The increasingly casual work place sometimes creates confusion for job seekers. 

Over the past few weeks, I have had informational interviews with several individuals searching for jobs.  Two of them looked like they were going to the movies after stopping by my office.  Fortunately, I learned from one of them that he called someone in my office to determine our “dress code” and he dressed accordingly.  Although he gets points for thinking that he was dressing appropriately, his casualness also spread to other areas of the interview.  Throughout the conversation, I felt that his casual attire allowed him to do the same with his lack of preparation for an interview–even if it was simply informational.  The experience made me recall the following clever parody from the Positioning newsletter published by executive recruiting firm Heyman Associates

Your next job interview may be the most important of your life, with the potential to change the course of your career.  This column was originally slated to provide pointers for a successful interview experience.  However, in keeping with the celebrity “Don’t Vote” parody campaign on YouTube that was so successful in encouraging more than 300,000 new voters to register for the presidential election, we revamped it along the same lines.

In classic sarcastic style, keep these pointers in mind if you want to make an unforgettable impression at your next interview:

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