My Day Interviewing For The Service Economy Startup From Hell

I interviewed at Handybook in July 2013. My temp job had just ended and I was desperate for a steady job, and was relieved and excited when I got an email from Handy scheduling me for a phone interview.

Homeless Woman Arrested For Leaving Kids In Her Car During Job Interview

Well, this is very sad:
Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless. So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect. But when you’re homeless, there isn’t always an easy way to take an hour off from watching your kids to be at an interview. That’s how Taylor, 35, wound up losing her children to Child Protective Service — and losing out on the potential job.

Bizarre Job Interviews

What's the most bizarre job interview you've ever been on?

Read This Guide to Interview Clothes And Feel A Modicum of Control Over Your Destiny

Omg, there is a Fast Company article has a guide to what color clothes you should wear to a job interview. Ahh! It’s kind of hilarious and I give it as much credence as I would any pop psychology business book.

Green is a color often associated with a sense of calm and wellbeing, as well as wealth and prosperity. Davidson says it’s a good choice for an accent color as it will not only put the interviewer at ease, it will send a message of possibility and growth.

For more creative environments, Davidson suggests wearing a color that pops such as purple or yellow: “Purple sends a message of being artistic and unique, while yellow signifies optimism and creativity,” she says.

Orange, however, topped the CareerBuilder list for the worst color, with 25% of employers saying it was the color most likely to be associated with someone who is unprofessional.

I just met with someone about my writing future and I wore a black dress and an “oatmeal”-colored cardigan. This was not my ideal color palette but um, I just had a baby and will not be attending any professional engagements in anything except for all black. I know I should buy new clothes that fit me and wear color and I will feel better but should should should, I’M WEARING BLACK. I’m mourning the loss of my life.

Oh, the Quirky Job Interview Question

I think we can all agree that job interviews are inherently awkward human interactions that most of us nevertheless have to endure a few times in our lives. And even if you are great at interviewing people and being interviewed, you have to concede that the quirky, off-topic hypothetical interview question that is supposed to reveal something about your character or your problem-solving skills are THE ENEMY.

Either way, please enjoy some of the gems on Glassdoor’s list of “Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions” for 2013, and imagine sitting across from someone leaning back in their Aeron chairs, pushing their glasses up their nose and making intense eye contact as they pretend to make up these ridiculous questions on the spot. Okay, or here are some of my favorites, and what I imagine I would come up with in the heat of the moment:

Zappos: “If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office what type of parade would it be?”

Interview Techniques (As of Yet Unsuccessful)

"My thoughts drifted to past interviews. The time I made a joke about hair plugs to a man with hair plugs. My brief chat with the grisly manager of a motorcycle bar. The putty grin of a Cutco representative."

How (Some) Women Dress For Work

As workplaces get more casual overall, not just with regard to clothing, fewer and fewer things are codified, and more is left up to judgment. Just because there are no rules doesn't mean there aren't (wildly varying and complicated) expectations, and often unspoken consequences. It's nice to be treated like a human and not be condescended to in that way, but people aren't born knowing some of this shit, either.

The Narcissist Gets the Job

Be confident in your abilities, but don't be a jerk about it.

The Hustle of a Percussionist in Boston

Having a dream sucks.