Thursday, August 4, 2011

Think of would-be employer as a person

Anita Bruzzese, CareerBuilder, says most people know how to attract a member of the opposite sex—open but not groveling, smiling, good listener, funny. Why wouldn’t this work for an employer?

Well, it would. You leverage your personal traits without, of course, being tacky or overly flirty.

A good sense of humor can be the middle ground.

If someone laughs at what you say, they may be interested in you, studies show.

If the interviewer is cracking jokes, this is a good sign.

On the flip side, what if you don’t think the person is funny? One guy found not laughing at the boss can affect your review.

If you get to the review stage. If the person is off-color or racist or something blatant, forget it anyhow.

Humor can also be so personal. I loved the late Spalding Gray, who sat there and talked for an hour. Others I know didn’t “get” that. Some people like Larry David—others...the not getting it thing.

I think The Big Lebowski is a great movie. Others I know thought it was stupid. Well, it WAS stupid—that was the smart part about it.

Is it so wrong to be right? Sometimes.

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