Job interview ambush

There may have been a time, long, long ago, when it was acceptable to just show up at the office of a perspective employer. The thinking is that a) it shows you’ve got moxy and b) it affords you the chance to get your face in front of the boss and prove how awesome and professional  you are in person. That was then and this is now, so do not stage an interview ambush.

It’s safe to say that current interview etiquette dictates that even if you were in the running for a certain job based on your fantastic resume, exemplary creditials and astonishing talent and skills, popping in without an appointment will surely relegate you to the trash can file drawer. The thinking now is a) you don’t value the perspective employer’s time, b) you have boundry issues and c) you are out of touch with current business practices.

There is of course always an exception to the rule. You may consider the pop in strategy if you are in the restaurant or retail industries. That said, you’ll still want to do your homework and learn the slow times of day for the eatery or store. Also, arrive in professional attire, with copies of your resume in hand. Don’t overstay your welcome and don’t keep showing up, lest you be labled a stalker.

But again, unless you are in one of the two above industries, don’t call on them, let them call you.



Re-find be kind Friday

Recently, one of our many friends in the restaurant business was recounting the tale of a particularly harrowing night at work. It was a busy weeknight  and in addition to serving a full house, the staff was working on an inventory project. Ultimately, there were several customer complaints that night.

Our friend tells Re-find that to make up for the slow service, he gave away more than a few thousand dollars worth of food. Despite this good faith effort to apologize, many customers were quite rude during and after their meals. Needless to say, the exasperated restaurateur’s faith in his fellow customers was shaken, because it seemed no matter what he did to make it right, many customers’ feathers couldn’t be un-ruffled.

But, he and his staff shook it off knowing that this was just a bad night and that tomorrow would be a better day. They soon received a thank you card from a patron that had gotten caught up in the “bad” night. She thanked them for doing everything possible to save her experience. It was a much-needed salve to help soothe their wounds.

We are passing this story along as we enter the weekend, because many of us will visit our favorite eatery or watering hole over the next couple of days. The service might be impeccable or it might be despicable, but either way, we should try to remember that a) our friends in the service industry have a tough job and b) sometimes even the best establishments have an off night and c) a little kindness goes a long way.

Have a great weekend; don’t forget to tip your server; cheers and bon appetit!