My worst interview moments

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When entrepreneurs say they are unemployable, I can definitely relate. I’ve freelanced, started companies, and even worked part–time, but have never had a day job. Although I’ve had my fair share of job-hunting during the rough times, there have only been a handful of positions that I was actually interested in.

Every so often I see an opportunity in an awesome company, which brings back memories of past interviews. Which were mostly, for lack of a better word, hilarious.

Hopefully you find these as entertaining as I did.

Moment #1

Background: The interview took place in the questionable part of town.
Interviewer: “We dress classy here.” She goes on to give examples. “Well today I’m dressed like shit, I woke up late. But I usually look better”
Me: “Nonsense, you look gorgeous.”

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Agent vs. Talent

One of my favourite quotes is, “only a life lived for others is worth living” by Albert Einstein. In life there are agents and talent, neither is superior to the other. While agents are able to promote others with ease, they are often unable to effectively promote their own talents. Likewise, those with talent rarely thrive unless they find a separate entity or individual to act as their representative.

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You learn to improvise

Many moons ago, my friend turned to me and asked, “but what do you do when you are bored?” She was referring to the fact that I rarely called her or any of the other girls to chat. I don’t remember ever being bored as a kid, and the thought of picking up the phone for some small talk had never even entered my mind.

As a teen, my room was full of books, art work, and many little creations. I could spend hours upon hours alone cutting up old clothes, painting furniture and redecorating. Later on, most of my creations were online. Rather than learning how to code, I played around with illustrator, wrote pages and pages of (mostly private) blog type entries and figured out this social media thing.

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A Life Worth Living

Living life to its fullest is about being true to yourself. Figure out the things you enjoy most, and the positive qualities you posses. Constantly improve upon your skills and apply them to what makes you happy. Discover your place in the world, and work hard to push yourself and grow. However, that is only one piece of the puzzle. One of my favourite quotes is, “Only a life lived for others is a life worth living”, by Albert Einstein. Your true purpose is to add value to other people’s lives. Each person is unique and has a lot to offer to the world. Once you figure out who you are, it is time to give back and make a difference in the world.

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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Age is just a number; similarly, time is just a made up concept. The past had made us who were are, and it important to cherish it rather than be filled with regret. Everything happened for reason and there is no use in dwelling. The past should only be used as reference tool, when reflecting the reasons you were successful, and the mistake you should avoid.

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Choose to Focus

Karma is an energy that can work both ways; therefore, it’s important to give others what you wish to receive. Good things happen to good people. However, before beginning to do good deeds, it is important to outline your course of action. Defining a clear set of goals will allow you to better allocate your resources and achieve that which you desire. You must choose to focus your efforts in order to remain on the path to happiness.

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