Have you ever noticed the differences between running for political office and interviewing for a job? One would think the most important job in the world (president of the United States) would require more information from those who aspire to that position than, say, someone interviewing to be a bank teller. But based on the recent announcements of GOP hopefuls, I can only imagine the discourse of that hopeful bank teller-to-be if she/he was actually running for office.
Question: Why do you want to work for our bank? Answer: Because the teller I will be replacing can’t count.
Question: Why should we hire you? Answer: Because I will do things differently than the teller I’ll replace.
Question: OK, then, precisely what will you do differently than the teller being replaced? Answer: I’ll let you know after I am hired, trust me.
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Question: Can you be more specific? Answer: No, but I’ll do more for your company than the teller who cannot count.
Question: Have you ever worked in a bank before? Answer: No, but anything I can do is better than the teller being replaced.
Interviewer: Thanks for your time — we’ll get back to you.