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Tuesday

Top 10 Interview Mistakes

As most of you know, I work in the staffing industry. Part of my job is to interview applicants for our open jobs. Perhaps, it's just the industry that I work in, or the area in which I live, but I have encountered some of the dumbest people trying to apply for a job.

They ask inappropriate questions, dress like they are going to a Monster Truck rally, and lack any sense of self-awareness. At times, it seems easier to dismantle a nuclear weapon than to get some applicants to answer a question with more than one-word answers. But, what's even worse than the ones who refuse to speak are the one's who say way too much.

They will not hesitate to tell me in graphic detail about their druken escapades with their ex-wives or about their pending Stalking charges. In case you haven't figured it out yet, the world is full of morons.

Today, I received an email from CareerBuilder. It was their monthly newsletter. In this issue, they had an article titled "Interview Blunders." It was a survey they conducted about mistakes applicants have made during an interview. They came up with a list of the top ten worst mistakes made by job applicants. According to CareerBuilder, all of these are true stories.

Take a look and marvel at the stupidity:
1. Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.

2. Candidate told the interviewer he wouldn’t be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died - and his uncle wasn’t "looking too good."

3. Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.

4. Candidate smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.

5. Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of her writing had been for the CIA and it was "classified."

6. Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.

7. When applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn’t want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.

8. A candidate for an accounting position said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person."

9. Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to interviewer during phone interview.

10. Candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair.

Friday

My Hiatus

With the current state of politics, and the saturation of election coverage, I’m starting to feel more and more disheartened about even discussing political issues. For quite some time now, I have been disgusted by both Republicans and Democrats alike. Neither party has the ideals of individual liberty or freedom at the top of their priority list. They simply aren’t interested in them. They are more concerned with their own reelection.

In addition, I have begun to feel that blogging about these issues is really a waste of time. It really doesn’t help my psyche to focus on all of the crap that is coming out of Washington (or coming from the average uninformed American voter), and to further perpetuate my frustration by writing about it.

I used to be able to rationalize it by saying that I am trying to start a discussion. I wanted to have serious, informed, logical debates. But, for the life of me, I can’t seem to get people to leave comments on any of my blogs. For those of you who do leave comments (all 3 of you), I thank you. I really am appreciative. But, the comments are few and far between, and cannot really be considered a “discussion.”

If blogging about these issues accomplishes nothing but making me more frustrated, and people aren’t reading my blogs or aren’t responding to them, then there is really no reason to continue.

So, for now, I am taking a hiatus. I won’t be blogging about political issues. I really won’t even discuss it in person. I need a break.

Thanks again to those who choose to read. But, I am out.

Wednesday

Pet Peeves: Part Two

1. No one seems to understand the idea behind the left lane of traffic. Apparently, everyone skipped over the page in the driver’s handbook which specifically states that the left lane is for PASSING.


2. Despite the millions of dollars that we spend on road construction each year, many drivers avoid turning lanes like the plague. Instead, they will opt for coming to a complete stop in the middle of their lane, severely impede the traffic flow behind them, and VERY slowly cross over 3 lanes of traffic to make their turn.


3. Regardless of the fact that one cannot find the word “stop” anywhere in the term “speed bump,” I will inevitably always drive behind the person who will come to a complete stop for up to 30 seconds before proceeding over a speed bump at 0.0000000001mph.


4. Movie tickets and movies have an inverse relationship. Ticket prices for movies continue to increase exponentially while the quality of movies being spawned out of Hollywood is plummeting at free-fall speed.


5. Tyler Perry.


6. Tyler Perry. No, this isn’t a typo. He, and everything he produces, is so unbelievably annoying (and devoid of humor) that it necessitates giving him two spots on this list.


7. No one seems to understand that the phrase “I could care less” actually means that they DO, in fact, care. The phrase they are looking for is “I couldn’t care less.”


8. Despite the multiple warnings before a movie begins, and the general consensus that it is incredibly annoying and rude, people will still refuse to turn off their cell phones in a movie theatre. Even worse is the observation of a growing trend…people engaging in complete conversations on their cell phones during a movie.


9. The vocabulary of today’s teenagers consists of approximately 50 words, and that is in sharp decline.


10. A single sentence from the mouth of a teenager consists of a maximum of 10 words, at least half of those being the word “like.”


11. When teenagers use the word “like,” it is rarely used in the proper context. No longer does the word “like” mean “fond of” or “similar to.” Today, the word “like” is used as sentence filler.


12. When a natural disaster, or some other major event, takes place in the South, news outlets will send reporters into the field to get reactions from the public. Despite the large number of intelligent, articulate, and well-groomed citizens who may be available for comment, reporters will inevitably interview the inspiration for the movie “Deliverance” who speak with an unintelligible country accent and couldn’t string a coherent sentence together if their mullets depended on it.


13. Southern accents, in general. They are the predominate reason why most of the civilized world views Southerners as being stupid.


14. The average customer in a retail store has the observational ability of a blind monkey. They will not hesitate to ask how much an item is, despite the fact that the front of the package has a bright orange price tag the size of a billboard. (Fortunately, I no longer work in retail. But, for those of you who do…I feel your pain.)


15. A lot of people claim to love the platitudes of personal freedom and liberty, right up until the point where they have to take responsibility for their own bad decisions. At that point, they claim to be a part of the “less fortunate,” and demand that the Government engage in wealth redistribution in order to “level the playing field.”

Tuesday

Another "Isolated Incident"

Do you need yet another story of Government school outrage? How about this? Two 4-year-old boys were handcuffed and arrested…because they didn’t take a nap.

I…kid…you…not.

The parents of two Bronx preschoolers are suing the city, charging that their kids were tossed out of class - and handcuffed by a school-safety officer - for refusing to take a nap.

The school-safety officer entered the room, cuffed the boys' wrists - and further terrified them by telling they that they would never see their parents again.

Don’t’ worry. I’m sure this was just an “isolated incident.”

Monday

The Penny Prank

I normally express my disgust with Government schools when they do something ridiculous like charging a kindergartener with sexual harassment for hugging a teacher, or arresting a 10-year old for using a knife to cut a steak which she was eating for lunch.

Today’s example of Government school stupidity is slightly different.

The students involved aren’t being punished because their actions were misinterpreted by hyper-sensitive teachers. They aren’t even being punished because they violated some absurd zero-tolerance policy. To be honest, I can’t figure out why they are being punished:

Got pennies!

It's plastered on their shirts and these eighth graders wear it proudly because on Thursday they pulled a prank at the Readington Middle School, paying for their lunches entirely in pennies.

The penny prank has earned 29 students two days of detention.

They paid for their lunch in pennies. Umm…OK. Why are they being punished? Seriously. Why are they being punished? Pennies are legal United States currency. Readington Middle School is a Government-run organization. They are charging the students for a service (though, I use the word “service” very loosely). That debt is being paid for in-full.

So, why are they being punished? Oh, here’s why:

Several lunch ladies who had to do the counting didn't think it was funny, even though some of the students put the coins in rolls. They're not authorized to put in their two cents but school officials say they felt disrespected.

School officials and the lunch ladies felt “disrespected.” Cry me a freakin’ river. You have no legal standing. As I said, pennies are official United States currency. And, the school handbook has absolutely no rule against paying for something in pennies.

It may annoy school officials. It may even piss them off. But, they have absolutely no grounds for punishing these kids. Granted, their punishment is only 2 days detention. It’s not that severe. But, it’s really the principle of the thing.

They are being punished because some Government school bureaucrat didn’t like the way the students paid for their lunch.