The Abstract Art of Interviews: An Interviewee’s Insight on Fair Chance

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So you are unemployed right now. The company you were working for was downsized or perhaps you were fired. Either way, you need a job and are actively searching for one. If you have been out of the “interview game” for too long, it seems hard to get your foot in the proverbial door. Businesses claim a lack of quality applicants in our society. I claim that businesses cling too tightly to protocols.

I remember my first professional interview. After searching long and hard for a place I would consider calling home in the workforce, I had to search even longer for a business suit deemed worthy of consideration by my interviewer. Why is this? Why do we have to doll ourselves up for a job interview that inevitably allows us to wear casual work attire on any day that ends in “Y”? Why do businesses cast aside people who show up to an interview with anything less than a $700 suit?

Because businesses are too focused on tradition, rather than innovation.

What if Jack Welch had shown up at GE dressed in Khakis and a polo shirt? GE would not have taken him seriously and the world would have missed one of the best and most innovative CEOs of all time.

See my point?

Clothing aside, companies have a death grip on traditional “what-to-do’s” and “what-to-say” once you meet face to face. “Tell us why you are the right candidate for this job?” “Why should we hire you?” Then comes the same ‘ol, same ‘ol of “Well, sir (or madam), I bring a lot to the table …yadda, yadda, yadda.” I always feel too intimidated and scared about breaking tradition by being frank, so the interviewers never get a chance to really hear me. I could have been the next Jack Welch ... if only they let me be me.

No wonder why the economy is tanking! We need innovators and outside-of-the-box thinkers to bring this business world around in a direction we can be proud of as Americans. Unfortunately, innovators won’t have a chance to innovate if the companies themselves cannot bring break tradition by looking past attire and learn to ask questions that challenge a person mentally.

Just remember this: Albert Einstein’s clothing isn’t in a museum. His brain is.

Break tradition. Let us think freely. Be different.

By Robert Miller