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Posted Apr 21, 2013 20:02 UTC (Sun) by XERC (guest, #14626)
It makes perfect sense to me that people tend to hire their own-like and if my views are rather radical, and they certainly are, in many respects, then I obviously disqualify.
Unfortunately for me, unlike Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Richard Stallman, etc. I am not talented in any possible way. I only stand out as a weirdo and have trouble finding my place "under the sun". If there is anything that I am really good at, then it is probably provoking discussions with really crazy, radical, ideas that people consider to be either too crazy to be taken seriously or fun or terrible enough to get excited about them and to debate about them for about 15 minutes or so without me making a single sound. It usually happens more easily among creative "young" people(older than 20, younger than 40).
Another thing that the hiring side at job interviews does not seem to stomach is my openness and honesty: I say it directly that I will never get bored, I can always find myself some really fun academic or charity project to work on and the only reason, why I'm trying to get to Your organization in stead of some awesome academic research project is money.
Also the HR people tend to get caught lying to me at job interviews and it happens so that they even self understand that they're caught lying, without me explicitly telling it to them. They usually leave the interview with a shy smile. (Last time it happened, the HR head said that she does not know salary ranges, while there were public articles in mainstream media, where some previous HR head of the same company described in great detail, how they determine salary ranges in their company. All I did was smile and say that I do not believe, what she says. :-D
Posted Apr 21, 2013 23:07 UTC (Sun) by viro (subscriber, #7872)
You come across as something considerably more unflattering than "radical". "Shining wit extremely likely to blame anyone and everyone else whenever something goes wrong" is more like it. With quite a dollop of "if $X disagrees with me, it's just because $X hates my guts for my views|ethnicity|religion|whatnot" shat on top of that. Plus the readiness to go out of your way to create a personal conflict whenever you need to deflect a criticism by aforementioned mechanism.
I obviously don't know if it matches what you really are (and neither do the people doing those interviews), but yes, you *do* sound that way.
 with apologies for overused spoonerism.
Posted Apr 22, 2013 16:49 UTC (Mon) by XERC (guest, #14626)
Posted Apr 23, 2013 13:13 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
I usually have less trouble with people, who have worked in multiple places, multiple types of institutions, multiple roles, than those, who's life experience is limited to only a few roles, few institutions.
I think you just backed his thesis up.
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