“I’m a people-person, me”

… No you’re fucking not.

Anyone who says this at an interview should be shot. I should have sent three candidates for execution this afternoon.

Good Lord.

Normally people who say they’re a people-person turn out to be far less sensitive to people’s needs than the ones who keep quiet.

Remember that, folks. A word to the wise.  


4 Responses to ““I’m a people-person, me””

  1. 1 hoverfrog 2 July 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I hate people. Can I please be spared the firing squad?

    Of course I can’t say that my general opinion of people is that they aren’t fit to lick the poo from my cat’s litter tray in a job interview. If I said that I might not come across as the well rounded and caring person I pretend to be. It’s always better to lie in this sort of situation. Failing the blatant lie approach I usually say what I mean and end with a little ironic laugh. The assumption being made by HR that I’m a bit of a joker and get on well with people. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am, in fact, a foul tempered and intolerant ogre to work with. Ha ha. 🙂

    The grammar police will be round to take the offenders away soon. You don’t need to kill them. Just report their use of “me” at the end of a sentence as a superfluous self identifying emphasis and one of the lads will be round to cave their heads in with a crow bar.

  2. 2 drunkenspaniel 2 July 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Frog, I agree that one has to embellish in order to achieve social acceptance, and, perhaps, a job. I know exactly where you’re coming from. I work in HR, remember – we’re not people people. In fact anyone who starts off thinking they are, either leaves quickly, or becomes jaded and cynical within weeks. I actually started jaded and cynical and so I was drawn to the job for the right reasons!

    As for the grammar police – again, I’m right there with you. For some reason giggly women think that by saying it in this way they’ll appear cute and loveable. No they won’t. They’ll look like airheads.

    Normally, I’m not one for violence, but everyone has a snapping point……..

  3. 3 Moobs 6 July 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Is it worse than claiming to be a “teamplayer”?

  4. 4 drunkenspaniel 6 July 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Dunno, Moobs. Team-Payer I think I can manage (if people can actually explain how they’re a team player – because I’ve often been disappointed), but ‘people-person’ is definitely worse!

    Would you say you liked people? Being an employment lawyer, I would imagine, like me, you’ve become cynical and jaded…..

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