Interview clichés – I’m open to anything

I usually ask a softball question first in a first interview: “Why are you interested in this position and working for our company?”  Some people say: “Well, I’m open to anything.”  To quote a song “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

This is NOT a good answer.  Think of it from the dating perspective.  What if someone asks you out and you ask them “why do you want to go out with me?”  and they answer “oh, I’m not picky, I’ll date anyone.”  Boy, doesn’t that make you feel as special as a public toilet.  Seriously!  Do people ever listen to the words that come out of their mouths?

OK, so what if the truth is that you are not picky.  So what, just don’t tell the interviewer that.  I can hear you now “but I thought you wanted honesty!”  You DO NOT need to be little kid honest!  If you are not that interested you have two choices: don’t apply or fake it till you make it!  Seriously, that’s it… two choices.  Pick one and move on.

The Man

Some people just need a high-five
In the face
With a chair

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