Advice that should be unnecessary

I don't believe people need these job seeking tips. Wait . . . yes, yes I do. I once interviewed a guy who took out a meatball parm in the middle of the session and started chomping away. And then there was the chipper fellow who, when asked to describe a technical challenge he'd overcome, launched into a story that began "I forgot the CMOS password I'd set on the CEO's laptop" and ended with his running a magnet over the motherboard. Oh, not to mention the chap whose resume claimed he had gone to Penn, but clearly had never even been to Philadelphia on a field trip. And how could I forget the guy whose breath reached all the way across the conference table and threatened to asphyxiate me . . .

Frankly, it's a miracle unemployment is as low as it is.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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