Job Interview Tips From Movies

A former corporate recruiter tells us what genuinely useful interview tips you can learn from job interview scenes in movies.

By Matt Christensen

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The economy added 243,000 jobs in January. If that trend keeps up — and let’s hope it does — those of you who are out of work and those of you who currently have a job you despise could find yourselves interviewing for a new gig. And if you do, you’ll need to know how to sell yourself during the interview. And selling yourself is exactly what you’ll be doing from the moment you meet your potential bosses: Surveys reveal that 26 percent of employers won’t consider an applicant with a weak handshake, and 67 percent will disqualify someone who demonstrates poor eye contact.

So first impressions count. For pointers on how to stand out amongst other candidates, we asked former recruiter and current interview consultant Lisa Rangel to view some job-interview scenes from movies and extract real-world info you can actually apply on interviews.


Step Brothers (2008)
Before their entertainment company Prestige Worldwide takes the world by storm, Brennan Huff and Dale Dobak (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) attempt to find jobs by tag-teaming interviews in tuxedoes.

Rangel says: “You can’t fake passion. Will Ferrell is certainly enthusiastic with his unbridled word choice in describing his experiences, and when he’s asked about his multiple jobs, he focuses on the positive. That adds to his versatility in being the complete package for his next employer.”

TAGS: Jack Nicholson, job advice, job interviews, movies, Will Ferrell