World's Simplest Job Interview Advice

BILL REAGAN | October 14, 2016

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I was an English major working at an automotive shop -- it was a job, not a calling, but it paid the bills. One day a customer dropped off her car and gave me her business card that read "Advertising and Public Relations."  I told her that I had always wanted to write advertising, but didn't know where to start. She said, "If you want to give it a try, start at my office."

I went to her office, got my first assignment, and spent a week trying to be clever and creative. I wanted so much to impress, to take this fluke of an opportunity and make something of it. I was nervous, so before submitting my ideas, I asked for feedback from a friend who works in advertising. We met for a drink, where she advised me on how to present my work and assured me that I didn't need to be nervous.

The next morning as I prepared, I found a scribbled note in among my draft materials. There in my friend's handwriting was the most concise and powerful job interview advice I have ever received:

Don't swear.

Don't sweat.

Don't sell yourself short.

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