mattsanger92 wrote:Yes indeed, anything which solicits mandatory insincere enthusiasm should be distrusted. For example, the social culture of the United States of America.
Generic interview questions, more specifically the one "why do you want to work for us/[insert company name here]?" and variations of it.
I might have already mentioned some way back my distaste for the concept of 'forced fun' - although that really ties to the quality of the event/emcee (hint: if you need to ask twice for the audience to cheer on your command, they're probably not interested in focusing on you)
and how large your group is. Been solo to a few arena-based sporting events in the last year and didn't like the whole "_ cam!"
thing they have going on.
But my parents went to the USA recently and commented on that 'social culture' - from their experience it does seem to be sincere in a lot of cases which makes you wonder what they have in the water there.
As for 'snobbish' jobs - way ahead of you on that front, I've recently been put forward for a series of phone interviews (and if I get through all that, an all-expense-paid (hopefully) trip overseas for the final interview) for a role at a company that went straight in on the first paragraph of the job description to point out they're 5-star in the service they provide (in something considered a very upmarket activity). Which in fairness - why wouldn't you point it out?
Although I've been pre-warned by the agency that despite meeting most of the requirements they might overlook me due to my personal lack of experience in the upmarket activity being sold - not lack of industry experience (which I'd understand), lack of experience in actually doing the activity
is what could disqualify me
. So yeah, despite my genuine enthusiasm for what they're offering that one might be a longshot...