It is also a difficult time to be looking for a job, especially if you
lack experience. I have sympathy for job seekers in this economy which is why I feel it is necessary to provide this piece of unsolicited advice: Common sense never goes out of style, it is a fashion anybody can wear.
Most people I interview are good, some are excellent and some truly lack common sense. For example, common sense would suggest that you show up for an interview. Things happen but calling me after you have missed the interview because you forgot about it and would like to reschedule…well, I already noticed that you were not there but thanks for the heads up, and no, I am not rescheduling you.
I am 100% sure there are lists of what not to do in an interview readily available and I am equally as sure that on that list is something about not bad mouthing your previous employer. While it may not be explicitly stated on those lists that you should not make racist comments about your previous employers, common sense dictates that doing so is not recommended. When the racist comments come with a 10 minute diatribe on how truly horrible the workplace was, I think it is safe to say that common sense has completely left the building.
Finally, and this wraps up both my week and my examples, I am not asking for references because I would like to receive more e-mail or just want to add an extra piece of information to a file. News flash…we do call references. This means that providing references from people who have fired you lacks common sense.
I don’t often have a week like I have just had, and maybe everyone just ate too much Halloween candy or something, but I am treating this week as an opportunity to provide this public service announcement:
Common Sense, Always in Style.