People You Meet in a Group Interview

Group interviews are a special brand of terrible. There is no great way to distinguish yourself without sounding like a complete asshole. Everyone is clearly in competition with each other and it’s all the worst parts of any reality competition. Forget empty collegial chatter, no one is here to make friends.

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Pros and Cons of a Stomach Flu

Stomach viruses are tricky. 1. They’re gross and no one wants the details. People give you sympathetic looks but really they’re just thinking, “oh god, that’s disgusting and I don’t want this to happen to me.” 2. They always sound like a convenient excuse to get out of something. Birthday party for your cousin? Can’t go, I have food poisoning because I don’t want to hear about how great she is because she’s in law school. Read More Pros and Cons of a Stomach Flu

Lunchtime Poll: Public Crying

I read somewhere that you don’t really feel like you’re a New Yorker until you’ve cried on the subway. It might have been somewhere more “high-brow,” but I’m almost willing to bet it was a tumblr post. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Public Crying

5 Tips That Won’t Help You Avoid Seeing Your Coworkers Outside of Work

I don’t necessarily hate my coworkers, but the thought of seeing them outside of the office makes me want to set myself on fire.

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How to Be the Best New Employee Ever

It’s your first week on a new job. You are the new kid in the cafeteria, the one unfamiliar with the lingo and the customs of this environment. You will be awkward. You will be a little too formal on Monday and a little too casual on Wednesday when you overcorrect. People will forget your name and they will stare at you in meetings. You will get lost on your way to every conference room and you will agonize over whether to sign your emails with “Thanks,” “Sincerely,” or just your name. You may get stuck in a stairwell.

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