Well, this was originally a short little post with a link, but it turned into a full-blown rant…I wonder what I’ll think of it in the morning 🙂
I was just reading this article from a company whose interviewees turned out to have blogs. A couple of things struck me.
First of all, some companies clearly don’t live in the real world. Oh no, this person has opinions of his own! How unprofessional!
But it’s best for job seekers to leave their personal lives mostly out of the interview process.
Yes, right. Fine. I forgot that the definition of professionalism is ‘being a mindless money-making automaton’. Silly me 🙂 Why, take the following:
Several committee members expressed concern that a blogger who joined our staff might air departmental dirty laundry (real or imagined) on the cyber clothesline for the world to see. Past good behavior is no guarantee against future lapses of professional decorum.
May I suggest that you’ve made that up. Anybody who expresses themselves publicly automatically lacks any standards of politeness or decency, apparently. And what, may I ask, is it that you’re afraid of? Perhaps you could just, you know, not give people reason to complain about you? Or, if they do, you could look at their grievances? If they’re a crank – fine. Say so, back yourself up, and anybody with any sense will agree with you. If you got it wrong, sort it out, or explain yourself. Is that so hard? I grant it’s not how things have been done in the past, but there’s this thing called the Internet, now, and it’s kinda changing the way that people talk to each other.
But no, this isn’t the way the business world works, is it…I’m terribly, terribly na