“What is easy is seldom excellent.” –
Brady Bunch of Nutcases
I never watched the Brady Bunch growing up. Okay, that’s a bit of a lie. I saw a few episodes, but I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it was because it was before my time. Maybe it’s because I was never a big TV watcher to begin with. Or maybe it’s because the show portrayed a family that was nauseatingly perfect.
Seriously, If Greg, Marcia or any one of the other 800 kids (who all somehow survived off Mike’s architecture salary) got in trouble, this is usually how it went down.
Carol: “Jan. Why did you take Cindy’s doll, twist off its head, then perform a voodoo witch spell on it in your creepy Satanic closet?”
Jan: “Gee wilickers mom, I didn’t think of it like that. I’ll use up my saving from mowing our plastic grass lawn to buy her a new doll.”
Mike and Carol in unison: “I’m glad you learned your lesson, Marcia-obsessed anti-social weirdo. Now go help our maid make pancakes.”
Yeah ok. That is NOT how things went down in my home and somehow I doubt it rings trues for your personal home-life experience, either.
But what’s truly intriguing about the show is how dysfunctional the cast was offset. In fact, some of them were downright sinister.
To read about how the Bradys practically turned into the Bundys, click here.
At some point in their lives, both Ted Bundy and Charles Manson were employed. At some point, they were blending into society seamlessly, drinking coffee and making photocopies of important documents and answering phones.
There have been countless examples of evil that caught people off guard because the culprits “just seemed so nice and normal” or “seemed like your typical mom, working hard to put food on the table.”
Well, yeah, no shit. It’s not like Lizzie Borden wielded an axe to work with her every day, sending out alarm bells to everyone she worked with. That’s because employers have a tendency not to hire freak’in wack jobs… or at least they try not to.
But the reality is that you really don’t know how a person will behave or what their work ethic will be until you’ve actually worked with them. So, while you can get a good first impression of someone during an interview, it probably won’t tell you much in the long-term.
Plus, something like 70% of potential employees lie or inflate their resumes, and a lot of their bullshit goes unverified.
In which case, you almost have to ask, what’s the point of interviews in the first place if they tell us so little about a person?
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