Thursday, February 28, 2013

On The 'Courtesy Interview'

Being out of work, or 'underemployed' is no fun. We've all been there, combing the online ads, sending out resumes over and over, hoping for an interview, sweating bullets in the lobby while we wait for someone to ask us 10 questions in 30 minutes that could possibly change your life.

Being on the other side of the desk is no fun either.  Trying to figure out who fits best for an opening, who will play nice with the team, who you can afford, who has puffed up their resume or may be a secret psycho is no cake walk.

Still, I certainly prefer to be the guy on this side of the desk.

A good friend of mine is currently one of the millions of Americans working part time, without benefits, while looking for full-time work.  That scenario is bad enough if you are a recent college graduate looking to break into your field, but imagine you are a single parent trying to get back into the workforce after 10 years.  You've got a master's degree and are an expert in your field and you can't get an interview.

Except the 'courtesy interview.'

Which brings me to my point. 

There is nothing courteous about a courtesy interview. Nothing angers me more than to hear a friend or colleague saying that they already know who they are hiring, but hey have to do a courtesy interview.

If it was me, I would prefer the courtesy of you telling me I did not have to waste my day coming to talk to you about a job you are not going to give me.  If you feel like you have to interview me because I work here, or I am a friend of a friend, you're wrong.  Be a big boy. Call your friend and tell them you are hiring someone else and you don't want to waste anyone's time with a courtesy interview.  They will respect you more for that than for any courtesy interview you might offer.

If I work for you and you think you need to offer me a courtesy interview, then you are clueless and I am probably interviewing all over the planet to escape from your cluelessness in case it's somehow contagious.  Bring me in and tell me who you are giving the job to and why they are better qualified.  It will save time and the eventual embarrassment that you will feel when it comes out - and it will someday - that it was a sham interview from the start.

If you are bringing someone in from outside for an interview, having them take time off from another job, get child care, pay for transportation or parking, learn about you and your organization, and get their hopes up, they better have a shot at the job.  It is the height of rudeness to interview a person who has no shot at the position.

You may think that you need to do it because you have to interview a certain number of people before you can make a hire, but you're on shaky ground here.  There is nothing ethical about making a decision before you interview people and then bringing in a few hopeless fools before making an offer.  It's dirty pool and it may not even protect you legally.

Anyway - I will climb down off my soapbox now.  Return to your regularly scheduled day.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Underway at Jump Rope for Heart!

Emma and nearly 200 school friends are jumping up a storm to raise money for the American Heart Association today.

Everyone is having a great time. Thanks to ask who donated!
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Fantastic Four - Oscars Edition

It's a big weekend around Another Delco Guy, with Jump Rope for Heart, a visit to the grandparents and the Seneca War Eagles Beef and Beer on tap for tomorrow.  Sunday it's time to settle in front of the TV to watch Danica in Daytona and THE OSCARS!

So the Oscars got me to thinking about best performances.  DeNiro in Raging Bull, Brando in On the Waterfront, Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy, Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Amazing performances by some of the best actors who have ever lived.

Which got me to thinking...

What are the best performances from otherwise bad actors?

  1. Nicolas Cage as Ben Sanderson in 'Leaving Las Vegas' -  Cage is generally awful, thinking that YELLING a lot is acting, but this is a really nuanced, haunting role.
  2. Brendan Fraser as Clayton Boone in 'Gods and Monsters' - Fraser may well be the worst actor on earth, but his minimalist approach to this role was impressive.
  3. Ben Stiller as Chas Tenenbaum in 'The Royal Tenenbaums' - It's been all down hill for Stiller since this great job.
  4. Helen Hunt as Carol Connelly in 'As Good as it Gets' - I've never liked her and she was passably appealing in this one, so I will give her the #4 spot.

Discuss quietly among yourselves.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ritual

Every night
I turn and flip
and
Fluff my pillow.
I turn out the light.
My cheek chases the coolness
and
I think of the past,
Consider the future,
and
I am still.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday fantastic Four - Time Travel

It's been a while, but I am happy to report that the Friday Fantastic Four is BACK!

Monday is President's Day here in the US, which got me to thinking a bit about history.  Wouldn't time travel be cool?

Assuming time travel existed, what time periods would you most like to visit?

  1. The Wild West - how cool would it be to hang out with Butch Cassidy?
  2. The Roaring 20s - Paris, flappers, speakeasies.  My kind of era!
  3. The Renaissance - 15th Century Florence would be an amazing time to be part of.
  4. The late 1960s - Flower Power, MLK, RFK, Vietnam, the Moon, Woodstock ... Sounds like a BIlly Joel song!

Everybody have a great weekend!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Exhibited!

It may not be my best work, but three of my images are on display until the end of the month! They are part of the annual Staff Show at The University of the Arts. It's pretty cool when you are having a bad day to look over and see your work hanging in a real exhibit hall. 

Stop by and see how talented my co-workers are!


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