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Monday, July 27, 2020

An old friend helped me with a mock interview today, to aid me with a real newspaper interview Tuesday.

Again, friends are the best.

He's a smart guy -- former Editor of the Year for GateHouse -- but, better, a truly decent human being.

The exercise for me was excellent, particularly given my seclusion these last few months at the Hermitage on Lake Lemon and before that my apartment at the newspaper where, after COVID struck, I wandered the barren halls.

In the mock interview, I could hear myself rant and sputter, fail to focus and then bring up occasional wisdom or whimsy.

My friend praised the latter two and offered up other cogent advice:

-- Avoid negative words.
-- Don't say anything that's shocking, because that will be the memory.
-- Please, no eating a Slim Jim during the interview. (I'm 54 years old and never heard this advice. Good stuff.)

Ultimately, it was fun to talk journalism with an old friend, share stories and learn more even at my advanced age.

Peace and Slim Jims unto you my brothers and sisters.


  1. Best of luck to you in the interview.

  2. Great advice! You're lucky to have such a caring, wise friend! Good luck in the interview!

  3. Mock or actual interviews are a good way to practice and sharpen interview skills. It’s surprising to me how much time (larger companies,1000+Employees) is spent conducting interviews and vetting candidates. The remote interviews were great for me because it had been a while since I conducted had video/ phone interviews. I’m one that prefers to be in person because there’s much more tacit cues that I can’t pick up on during a remote interview. In this case, these remote interviews (phone and video) consumed a staggering 5 hour period-over the course of 2.5 weeks. If I were a vocal shareholder of the company, I would have initiated an inquiry into HR/candidate practices.
    I’ve had some good experience with phone only interviews-especially with contract positions. Keep the mock interviews coming as you schedule the ones that really matter. Good luck.

  4. Grammar. But wtf...I’m on a tablet.