Cidu Bill on Nov 14th 2012


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  1. Winter Wallaby Nov 14th 2012 at 12:07 am 1

    I think the joke is that these are such banal, chiche, job applicant things to say that the interviewer is annoyed to see them. Not much of a joke, to be sure.

  2. Kilby Nov 14th 2012 at 12:14 am 2

    I think the interviewer is insinuating that someone who gets along with his coworkers is not working hard enough. Truly productive employees are expected to be irritating.

  3. Elyrest Nov 14th 2012 at 12:15 am 3

    Maybe the interviewer thinks that being a hard worker and getting along with others are mutually exclusive. Therefore the job seeker must be lying.

  4. Writing Out Loud Nov 14th 2012 at 12:18 am 4

    Actually, the joke is that the applicant has heard his resume read back to him so often at interviews that he knows the next line is always “You get along with others. Thank you for your time. NEXT!” He apparently has been rejected in this way more than a few times.

  5. Arthur Nov 14th 2012 at 01:12 am 5

    The interviewer knows he’ll be replaced by someone as good as the interviewee.
    The artwork isn’t good, but the new guy also looks much more handsome. So, no
    job for someone who’s going to endanger the job of the interviewer.

  6. James Pollock Nov 14th 2012 at 01:26 am 6

    If you have to put in your resume that you’re “a hard worker” and “a team player”, it’s because someone has said that you’re not. It’s like if someone puts in their resume “will not steal from the company”… there are some things that you shouldn’t have to say, because they SHOULD be true of all applicants, and so actually saying them suggests something weird.


    The interviewer doesn’t believe that anyone really is “a hard worker” and “a team player”, so anyone who says they are must be lying.

    Take your pick.

  7. Proginoskes Nov 14th 2012 at 03:39 am 7

    I think Winter Wallaby nailed it.

  8. farmer Nov 14th 2012 at 08:26 am 8

    I like Kilby#2’s answer better. No really hard worker gets along with everyone, because others are either annoyed by their work ethic/demands, or they’re annoyed by others’ lack thereof. That’s both my wife & I to a T, which is why we now run our own small business with a minimum of workers. Though we do have someone who is both, he’s quite rare. We’ve also definitely had the opposite, the friendly chatterbox whom everyone likes but works like a snail. Given this, I found it pretty funny.

  9. Olpera Nov 14th 2012 at 08:32 am 9

    I feel urged to support Kilby, #2, as interpretations like WW’s, #1, are too PC, lame, polite, unrealistic, etc!
    In real life, a hard working guy is a deadly boiling threat to those who are not - at any time, such people may unearth that the work done by his colleagues, and - not least their supervisor(!), is pretty much laid-back and inefficient!

  10. heather Nov 14th 2012 at 09:17 am 10

    I wonder if it’s more based on a kid’s report card… “Hard worker” and “gets along with others” are sometimes considered euphemisms for “really nothing else positive to say, here.”

    So if the guy has this on his resume, then either:
    1) he’s treating a grown-up resume with the childlike immaturity of a report card, thus he’s not mature enough to hire, OR
    2) putting these on a resume means he has to dig pretty deep to find positive, employable qualities, if these are the best he can find.

  11. mark d Nov 14th 2012 at 10:34 am 11

    The joke is that the interviewer with his insulting abruptness (Thanks, Next) embodies the idea that hard work (his interviewing) and congeniality are incompatible.

  12. padraig Nov 14th 2012 at 10:49 am 12

    There was an ad years ago showing a series of bright young job applicants who all said, “I’m a PEOPLE person!” I would have had the same reaction this interviewer had.

  13. Lost in A**2 Nov 14th 2012 at 11:55 am 13

    Why even an interview for so abrupt a dismissal?

  14. Elyrest Nov 14th 2012 at 12:39 pm 14

    Even though I said earlier that hard work and getting along with people are mutually exclusive I have known a number of people that I worked with who had both qualities. Most of my jobs have entailed dealing with the public and if you can’t get along you don’t last long - whether you quit or are eased out.

  15. Scott Nov 14th 2012 at 01:43 pm 15

    Given the interviewer’s abruptness, this is clearly a company where getting along with others
    is not a plus, so that’s the joke. And yes, junk qualities like these are a cover for nothing really interesting to say.
    I suspect the guy is being interviewed as part of the joke - in reality he wouldn’t get that far, especially not nowadays.

  16. Chakolate Nov 14th 2012 at 02:05 pm 16

    I think it’s as simple as this: he had so little on his resume that he had to pad it with ‘hard worker’ and ‘gets along’.

  17. Mark in Boston Nov 14th 2012 at 08:05 pm 17

    I get very annoyed at the fact that every software engineering advertisement calls for “Excellent spoken and written communication skills.”

    I have excellent computer skills. If you want a software engineer, that’s me. If you want excellent spoken and written communication skills, you want a salesman who is also a novelist.

  18. Mark in Boston Nov 14th 2012 at 08:11 pm 18

    My resume:

    Health: Acceptable, mostly.
    Skills: Fortran, 6502 assembly language.
    Reason for leaving last job: Everyone was a jerk except for me.
    Reason for leaving job before that: Was given opportunity to leave quietly and they wouldn’t press charges.
    Major accomplishments: There’s now a whole new chapter of securities fraud law that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for me.

  19. Ian Osmond Nov 14th 2012 at 08:31 pm 19

    I’m with Chakolate, here. If you put “hard worker” and “gets along well with others” into your resume, it’s because you’ve got nothing else to put in there. A REAL resume has, y’know, skills and stuff in it. And, indeed, ideally, you’ve got to leave stuff out of your resume, because you’ve done enough stuff that you can’t fit it all into a page or two. If you’ve got enough room to put “hard worker” and “gets along well with others” in your resume, it’s because you’ve got no ACTUAL qualifications.

  20. fj Nov 15th 2012 at 12:45 am 20

    I had three different thoughts on this one. Two possibilities were basically the same as those offered by Winter Wallaby (#1) and Kilby (#2) (and the various elaborations on those themes). However, the problem with both of these explanations, is that they should cause the candidate to be eliminated from consideration without even bothering with a face-to-face interview. That led me to my third possible interpretation: that even in the brief part of the interview already completed, Mr. Slacker had already amply demonstrated that he DID NOT get along well with others. Since this contradicts his resume, the interviewer assumes that the “hard worker” and other claims on the resume are likely bogus as well. As a result, continuing with the interview is pointless.

    The problem with all three possibilities is that none of them are particularly funny…

  21. User McUser Nov 15th 2012 at 11:12 am 21

    I just assumed that this was an inside look at the HR department wherever you work because all your coworkers are lazy jerks.

  22. Woodrowfan Nov 15th 2012 at 09:19 pm 22

    are we sure that this wasn’t a punch line from another cartoon?? Maybe they got mixed up..

  23. Mark in Boston Nov 15th 2012 at 11:57 pm 23

    Wait a minute. Is he supposed to look like someone famous? Someone who if we recognized him we’d say something like “Hannibal Lecter — gets along with others — people AGREE WITH HIM — Oh, I get it!”???

    I just can’t think of anyone with a Captain Ahab face and big huge yellow hair.

  24. Chakolate Nov 16th 2012 at 01:05 am 24

    Mark in Boston @23, He’s a regular character in the strip, so I doubt he’s supposed to be someone famous.

  25. Ian Osmond Nov 16th 2012 at 08:56 am 25

    fj @20: have you ever been to a cattle call interview? You line up, walk in when they call you, hand them your resume, they skim it while you’re right there. And if your resume shows that you’re just not qualified, that’s about how abrupt they are — they’ve got to go through a lot of people.

  26. fj Nov 16th 2012 at 11:42 am 26

    Ian, @25:
    I’ve been the interviewer way more times than I’ve been the applicant. Perhaps that biases my perceptions. I’d never waste the time for a face-to-face without picking through a bunch of resumes (which HR had already pre-filtered based on critieria I specified).

    So I haven’t been to a cattle call interview (from either perspective), but I have done a couple of job fairs that worked similar to what you described. I ruled out that sort of thing, given the office setting.

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