I over-use the Bell Curve when describing averages. Though it’s so applicable in so many and varied situations that I can’t help myself. And believe it or not, what people wear to a campus interview falls into the standard deviations laid out in the Bell Curve.
We all know the curve. The bulk of the curve, the hump, represents 70% of the populace. They’re all within expected norms of this measure. In this case, it means 70% of campus interview candidates dress alike. This is true. It also means that 15% of candidates dress impressively, while 15% dress unfortunately. This is also true. And while some may argue that there are more nuances and degrees of appropriateness, there aren’t. There really aren’t.
So let’s take a look at the three different groupings of male attire for campus interviews. I’m not necessarily going to recommend anything, but at least I’ll highlight what’s happening with the competition.
At a lunch meeting last week the conversation turned to the differences between generations in the work place today. While this is a favorite topic of mine, it can be a challenge when the other side of the table comes from a position of superiority, stereotyping, ignorance, or all three. My lunch company was an intelligent, understanding man, not generally described by any of those terms, so I enjoyed the discussion. But he did say something that caught my attention. He said, “They’ll figure it out soon enough.” Continue reading
A couple of interesting, thought-provoking events hit me today. Individually, they would have gone unnoticed. Together, they were more powerful.
- I read an article about the death of email.
- I asked a job candidate to give me his resume in 160 characters.
First, the death of email. Everyone must have read thirty articles on this topic already, and I don’t feel like beating a dead horse today. But the shortened, usual argument goes like this: Though we use “technology” to send/receive email, long-form written communication is an antiquated notion required only in fewer and fewer situations. Email took type-written memos, put them on your screen, and let you send them back and forth to one or many users.
Further, due to a variety of reasons including our (collective) increasingly short attention span, commonly accepted web copy guidelines, and the volume of messages we all have to read these days, nobody really reads entire emails any more. Certainly not if they’re longer than a paragraph.
This will become increasingly obvious once generations Y and Z start impacting serious change. The Pew Research Center found that email was 11th on the list of activities done on teenagers’ phones. Some activities performed more often:
- Taking pictures
- Recording video
- Playing games
- Playing music
This doesn’t surprise me too much. But remember — this group only uses phones for communication. They don’t sit at their desk all night emailing their friends. Email was a dramatic shift in what we use to communicate, but not how we communicate. But what comes next? Will we communicate in 160 character thoughts?