Texting During an Interview. Really?

CareerBuilder.com has an interesting article about blunders candidates make during job interviews. Interviews with 2,400 hiring managers reveals some common mistakes.

Two of the top five include answering a cell phone or texting (71%) and chewing gum (59%) during an interview. Here’s the link to the full article: http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?id=pr614&sd=1/12/2011&ed=01/12/2011

The Art of Racing in the Rain

If you haven’t yet read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, it’s a must read. Written in the voice of the family dog, Enzo, the reader gains insights into life.

Enzo shares Denny’s passion for race car driving by watching televised races, and Enzo dreams about the his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man. He happily awaits the prospect of all he can do with opposable thumbs!

One of my favorite passages from the book contains Enzo’s reflection on why he knows he will be a good person: “Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt, I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like having a passenger in your car who suddenly grapbs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street.” (page 101).

Alumni Events in Florida

I had the privilege of spending time with a number of Nichols alumni in Florida in February. Our Board of Trustees Chair John McClutchy ’72 and his wife Janet hosted an event at their fabulous house in Naples that was attended by alumni from the class of 1950 as well as 2011!

And we had a well-attended event in Sarasota at Marina Jack, hosted by Tammy Cardillo Wolf ’94 and Bill Fowler ’49. The fond memories of Nichols are recounted by alumni regardless of if their time on hill was a few years or several decades ago.