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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:24 AM

Laughter is the Best Medicine. An old but true thing. I Loved It in Reader's Digest

Recently I interviewed for a job. My very good friend who did everything up to and including jumping up and down on the hiring manager's desk to get me the interview was outside the conference room during my interview. He'd been outside the conference room during other candidates interviews for the same position as well.

When I left the room and as he escorted me out of the building I told him I thought the interview went well. He mentioned he had heard laughter in the room so he was hopeful for me.

I really hadn't thought of it but looking back I did make some comments that elicited laughter from the interview team. I'm not a comedian, I just made comments anyone in my industry would find amusing.

So, in addition to the fact I'm completely qualified for the position and have performed the required duties for the job in the past I had that extra plus. I was able to relate to the interview team and make them laugh.

I was able to make them laugh because I don't take myself too seriously. I can make fun of myself and not feel I've denigrated myself.

Kind of one of those great qualities I love about people here on DU.

ON EDIT: I start the new job on March 4th.

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Reply Laughter is the Best Medicine. An old but true thing. I Loved It in Reader's Digest (Original post)
dballance Feb 2013 OP
jerseyjack Feb 2013 #1
Scuba Feb 2013 #2
Granny M Feb 2013 #3
Maraya1969 Feb 2013 #4
Lifelong Protester Feb 2013 #5
mac56 Feb 2013 #6
Melissa G Feb 2013 #8
NewJeffCT Feb 2013 #7
rustydog Feb 2013 #9
Melissa G Feb 2013 #10
mac56 Feb 2013 #11
Ron Obvious Feb 2013 #12
lovemydog Feb 2013 #13
pacalo Feb 2013 #14

Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:44 AM

1. Keep 'em laughing.

 

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:58 AM

2. Contributing to a positive work environment is an asset.

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:07 AM

3. Congrats on the new job.

Best of luck!

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:20 AM

4. Congrats!!!

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:29 AM

5. I always tell folks I interview

that their resumes get them in the door, but once in the interview, like it or not, it's a popularity contest. People want to hire folks they can work with, and possessing a sense of humor (especially in these tough times) is essential.

Congratulations on the new job!

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:07 AM

6. Right on.

I tell people the interview is where the potential employer figures out three things. 1: Can you do the job? 2: Will you do the job? 3: Will you be a pleasure or a PITA to deal with?

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Response to mac56 (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:34 AM

8. Exactly!

My criteria as well.

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:11 AM

7. Congratulations on the job

And, getting the interviewers to laugh can be a huge plus.

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:35 AM

9. Way to go! Congrats

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:39 AM

10. The problem with hiring someone is that

you have hired them. They are going to be around. Even if they can do the job extremely well, if it is a bad personality fit, it is going to drag the existing team down. Great job proving you were a pleasure to work with!

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Response to Melissa G (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:54 AM

11. this

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:02 AM

12. Congratulations!

Congratulations! I don't interview well, but sometimes you just click... A good feeling.

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:42 PM

13. Hey, good for you

I like being around people who can smile, and make me smile!

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Response to dballance (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:23 PM

14. I love this!

Congrats, dballance!

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