Yes, there is such a thing as interviewing humor. It is not
laughing at interviewees, but laughing at the situation we all face.
Tip of the hat to Joe Queenan WSJ, June 1-2, 2013 p. C11
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
Imagine asking George Washington or Susan B Anthony,
What is your greatest weakness? What kind of an answer
do you think you would get out of George Patton…
A: I am completely invulnerable except when exposed to kryptonite…
Q: Describe a difficult situation at work and how you handled it?
A: My boss had two sets of books, and the Feds wanted to see the real
numbers. no way I was going behind Big Al’s back. So I told them
I don’t see nothin’, I don’t hear nothin’, I don’t know nothin’
(Al Capone’s CPA)
Q: What sort of compensation are you looking for?
A: Booty would be nice. Swag. Booty. What have you?
Ill-gotten gains would also be okay. (Genghis Kan)
Several others in the article.
Science, technology and engineering are many times concerned
about holding patent protection, infringing on someone else’s
patent claims or having a competitor infringe on their existing
Patent trolls, where NPE non-productive entities hold rights to
patents and litigate against firms when they believe patent claims
have been infringed, provides a challenge to harm US manufacturers
and technological progress.
Ashby Jones summarized recent proposals to roll out executive orders
and seek legislation in June 5 WSJ (subscription required to view).
Two items of note in the article:
1- there is a 6-fold increase in “troll suits” from ‘06 to ‘12
2- legislative action, which is believed quite important, could have
unintended consequences for universities and research institutes who
have troll-like characteristics in that they license patents, rather
than bring products to market using patents.
University and tech transfer offices of institutes need to pay close
attention where this goes.