Lessons from Hollywood: Tips for Effective Interviewing

Hollywood has given us plenty of examples of workplace happenings, including glimpses into the job search process.  From hilariously absurd job interviews to heartwarming interviews gone right, we have lots of examples of what to do and what not to do.

In Step Brothers (2008), the characters of Brennan and Dale are two unemployed, middle-aged men are forced to get jobs when their parents marry.  Unfamiliar with proper interview etiquette, they find themselves in situations like the following:

To be clear, this video demonstrates what not to do when interviewing.  Some tips we can learn from these guys:

  • Know who you’re speaking with:  When interviewing, be sure you know your interviewer’s name.  “Human Resources Lady” won’t cut it.
  • Dress to impress…not to overwhelm:  Although it’s harder to overdress for an interview than it can be to underdress, this isn’t prom.  For more information on appropriate dress, see our website.

Alternatively, we have the real-life success story Chris Gardner, portrayed by Will Smith in 2006’s Pursuit of Happyness.  The homeless single-father seeks an opportunity to improve the lives of him and his son:

This is a great clip because it gives a realistic glimpse into the interview process.  Everything didn’t go well for Chris, but he made the most of his situation by being proactive.  Here’s what we can learn:

  • Determination:  Research companies you want to work for and keep your eye out for new opportunities.
  • Network:  Chris made a connection with an employee of the company, and that relationship paid off- he got the interview and had someone to vouch for him in the process!

While life is not a movie, these clips definitely leave us with ideas to ponder.  To learn more about preparing for an interview in the real world, visit our site.

~Ashley Michelle

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