I am currently glued to the American Presidential campaign. Not necessarily because I take an eager interest in the politics of the American nation but because it occurred to me that this is the most public of job interviews.
Yet, it seems that the usual rules don’t apply to The Donald and Hilary Clinton.
So lets take a little look at the basic rules of job interviews that The Donald, in particular, is flouting so blatantly.
In no particular order . . .
Back Up Your Statements
“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”
Who was the ‘extremely credible source’ – and was it the same source who later made The Donald retract his claims?
Don’t Over Exaggerate.
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
I would like to see how many walls The Donald has physically built himself.
Ensure You Promote Your Best Qualities.
“The point is, you can never be too greedy.”
Know Your Audience
“It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”
“I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”
Try Not to Alienate the Decision Makers.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
All the above are genuine quotes from The Donald – I know it’s quite hard to believe!
Furthermore to all of the above it seems that politics is the only industry that believes denigrating your job rivals is a respectable and worthwhile tactic to achieve your dream role.
With all the millions of dollars The Donald likes to tell people he has you would think he would have hired a good employment advisor – I’ll happily charge a reasonable rate to hire one of our fantastic consultants.