Did you hear the one about the job seeker who wanted to be a barber?
He just couldn’t cut it.
How about the farmer?
He was OUT STANDING in his FIELD.
It’s National Tell a Joke Day!
And there are a lot of jokes and funniness when it comes to job searches, interviews, and all that jazz. I, for one, love a good (bad?) pun.
So, I hope you take today to enjoy telling some good jokes.
Unless you are sitting in an interview.
If you are interviewing today—on the phone, in a group, or one-on-one, today is NOT the day to tell a joke.
Interviews are funny things, and sometimes, we feel compelled to be funny, to be entertaining in them. We want to be likeable, we want to connect, and humor can help us do just that.
But humor can also isolate and distance us from each other, and if the interviewer doesn’t share the interviewee’s sense of humor, the interview can quickly go south.
As I mentioned, I love puns. The more groan-worthy, the better. But as strongly as I enjoy puns, others—potential hiring managers—may hate them. So, when I interview, I leave my puns at home.
So, if you are interviewing today, save your jokes for tomorrow. We’ll be at the ready to laugh along with you and celebrate your successful interviewing.