Introducing the distracted goldfish, a.k.a. your next hiring manager

Oh, haiiiii!

I’m Sydney, your hiring manager.


(Swims in circle)

Oh, haiiiii!

I’m Sydney, your hiring manager.

And in the past 10 weeks I’ve interviewed 407 people.

Yes, this is crazy. No, I’m not technicalla recruiter. But this many interviews in a short period of time means that I’ve seen it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It also means that I’ve got plenty of tips to share with you to help you stand out from the crowd during your next job interview. Let’s start at the beginning.

Rule #1: Remember, your hiring manager is a distracted goldfish

Did I mention this already? Sorry, can’t remember.

As it turns out, interviewing 407 people in 10 weeks is a recipe for remembering absolutely nothing about anyone.


If I ran into some of the people I interviewed on the street, I’d probably put my foot (fin?) my mouth by acting as though we’d never spoken in our lives. It’d go something like this:

The Distracted Goldfish: “Oh haiii! I’m Sydney. So nice to meet you!”
Candidate: (head tilt) “Uh…yeah…we’ve met before. Actually, we spoke last week.”
TDG: (nervous laughter) “Mmmm.”
Candidate: “We talked about how I created a marketing campaign via Subway that saved the NBC show Chuck.”
TDG: “Ah, yes. That sounds familiar. But remind me how exactly that worked?”

I’m certainly not going to remember what you told me about increasing your company’s sales by 10% quarter over quarter. Nor am I going to remember how you implemented your company’s marketing automation tool. Or that you did some re-branding design work for American Airlines. Or that you used to be a martial arts fighter but now you meditate and drink green tea every day.*

Actually, I might remember that one…

The point is: unfortunately for you, you’re going to have to work very hard to be remembered, which is the first step to standing out.

But, I’m here to help. Let’s get you that dream job.

The Distracted Goldfish


* True story from one of my all time favorite job candidates

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s