Besides the human behavior of ‘white lies,’ fabrications
and story telling which the book “Freakonomics”
reminds us we all do, being unprepared for an interview
or following the ‘party line’ without considering the
unintended consequences. (See also discussion
in NYTimes Freakonomics blog.) are serious
issues for mid-career scientists and managers.
Fabrications and stretching the truth happen in
resumes and responses to interview questions.
- Resumes: dates, accomplishments, skills
- Interviews: are you currently working, how
much you earn, how many people you supervise,
budgetary responsibility, why you left, etc.
Please know that you can guess nearly 80%
of an interview’s questions, so it would help if
you reviewed what might be asked and thought
about, wrote out in long hand and practiced
saying stories and responses.
Please know interviewers know about this
human tendency and look for and recognize
it in individuals. It is often revealed in body
Your reputation goes much further than this.
You have an Online reputation that you need
to assess and seek repairs of if unflattering
things become associated with you. (Seeking
redress, hiring lawyers, correcting records,
etc.). The ACS in fact has been ’sweeping
under the rug’ serious reputation issues that
have come to light in blogs. People in high
echelon positions in industry and government
have been fired and not re-hired for less.
It is a lesson for members to learn that strictly
‘following the party line, not paying attention
to unintended consequences’ can be perilous.
Please note the link to Employment law in
the yellow column for helpful commentary.