How to bomb a job interview

Imagine you were on an interview team hiring for a specific job – it could be a news reporter, teacher, bus driver, waiter, librarian, sales clerk, baby sitter, attorney or even a judge.

The competition for the job is fierce with many qualified candidates. Your team conducts the first interview and during the interview process the candidate: begins by insulting the entire interview team, spouts off political beliefs and conspiracy theories, raises their voice in anger, interrupts and refuses to answer the interview questions, shows blatant disrespect and belligerence, over-emphasizes their love for beer, and cries because they believe they are entitled to the job.

Would you hire that person — or move on?

Forget that President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court (if you can), disregard Kavanaugh’s unusual legal views (if you must), dismiss the sexual allegations (if you don’t have a conscience), and based on temperament alone would you hire this person? Now, keep in mind, there’s no probation period and, similar to the Pope, this position is for life.

Brett Kavanaugh’s behavior at this last Senate hearing was alarmingly unprofessional! He clearly demonstrated his inability to be non-partisan and unbiased as a judge, let alone have the poise to uphold the responsibilities of one of the most powerful jobs in the country. Kavanaugh may have been number one in his class in college, but his character and reputation are forever flawed, and if hired, jeopardizes the institutional integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Patty Owen,


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