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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

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Gun-toting drug dealer Loc Dog (Marlon Wayans) tries to go legit by applying for a real job and asking for a … comfortable salary.

Rangel says: “If you put down a low number, be prepared to accept it. So when filling out the application, make sure you put down a salary that will make you happy.”

The Shining (1980)
Writer and future homicidal maniac Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) hopes to become the caretaker of Colorado’s Overlook Hotel during its winter lull.

Rangel says: “Mr. Torrance could have benefited from pre-interview research. Today you couldn’t get away with not knowing the predecessor-slaughtered-his-family story before going on the interview. But he assuages the hiring manager’s concern very quickly by indicating the cabin-fever-like conditions will be fine with him and his family. Doing that is key when presented with possible challenges outlined by the prospective employer.”

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