The evolution of job interviews

Here are two job interview videos sent to me by several readers (thanks to all): one is of a Millennial woman and the other of a Neanderthal or other ancient hominin. Both are funny. Putting them together in chronological order, we get “the evolution of the job interview.”

First, a Stone Age job interview, apparently from the Armstrong and Miller show on the BBC:

. . . and a Millennial job interview:





  1. GBJames
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I love that second one especially!

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted November 26, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      If you me the second guy, yes, Hire him. He brought his resume. Broken but still….

    • Spirula
      Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, there is nothing funnier than a stereotype of a segment our population, which we are not part of, that are having to deal with a raft of obstacles we did not. In this case; the millennials.
      It is not like they are facing a massive student debt(compared to our generation), the lack of good paying jobs, and the reality of decades of stagnation in middle class wages.

      Me: Dad with two millennial kids and son-in-law. All of them, despite graduating from college (one with a masters) have only been able to land jobs with no health care coverage, no paid sick leave, no paid time off for holidays and no paid vacation time.

      They are so spoiled.

      • Craw
        Posted November 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

        Degrees in what? Robotics?

        I know millennials with good jobs, better than I had when I graduated. I also know people who moved to new countries and new provinces for jobs, who graduated during “stagflation “ and during recessions.

        Our host’s generation faced the draft and a foolish war. My grandparents faced worse. The millennials are not uniquely hard done by.

        • BJ
          Posted November 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

          “Our host’s generation faced the draft and a foolish war. My grandparents faced worse. The millennials are not uniquely hard done by.”

          WWII –> Vietnam, the draft, social upheaval –> the economic pressures of the late 70’s.

          There certainly weren’t any safe spaces around, just as there weren’t in every decade of human history before then or well after.

        • Spirula
          Posted November 26, 2017 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

          Thanks for addressing the problem of stereotyping.

          BTW, these kids of mine have degrees in Marine Biology, Sports and Exercise Physiology (hoping to go into PT), and an MBA. You know, unless shit.

          Oh, and I went through the draft for Vietnam (lucked out with a 285 lottery number),the economic stagnation of the 70’s, Reganomics (got laid off from a pharma company as a microbiology of all things). I AM part of Jerry’s generation and have following this website for years. (See! didn’t even call it a “blog”). I just don’t like what I see a “oh, these millennials” type punching down.

          Previous generations faced other hardship. No argument there. It doesn’t compare to the future they face considering the staggering student debt (largest civic debt and with no bankruptcy opportunity for them), climate and ecosystem collapse and very other real problems they will have to deal with that we did not. Not to mention a current administration that is trying to roll us back to the 19th century (as in EPA, Interior, Education, Judicial appointments etc.).

          But I guess you know millennials with better jobs than you had. So, no worries I guess.
          I taught many of them, but for most them this is not going to happen. Their future is bleak. I could never bring myself to tell my kids what I see is coming, but I think they have a clue.

          (Oh, and how is a degree in Robotics a bad idea? Should we shove all the engineering grads into construction and electrical engineering careers now because robotics has shown to have no future?)

          • Craw
            Posted November 26, 2017 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

            Yes, the problem of stereotypes in humor doesn’t get the attention it deserves. The callousness, the cruelty. Why don’t Baptists screw standing up? It might lead to dancing. THAT’S NOT FUNNY!

      • BJ
        Posted November 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        I’m a millenial and, until recently, I owned my own business (I sold it), so I am very much part of the segment of the population lampooned in the video and have plenty of experience with it. Many of the people I interviewed who were my age and younger were a less exaggerated version of the person in the video, and many of the people I met in college were as well.

        Also, stereotypes in comedy aren’t automatically a bad thing. Stereotypes are often both funny and rooted in truth, and a great amount of excellent comedy has used stereotypes.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted November 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

          I absolutely agree there.

          The job applicant was a caricature of a spoiled, brain-dead millennial. We know such exist, from their outpourings on ‘social media’.

          It was not caricaturing the hard-working, serious applicants who still can’t find a decent job. It didn’t pretend to. If anyone’s guilty of stereotyping an entire segment of the population it’s Spirula.


          • Craw
            Posted November 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

            Well said.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted November 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

        Listening to these other stories is probably not what you were looking for…just a guess. If I might offer one thing based on your comments. Have the kids considered a govt. or semi-govt. job. Maybe you don’t start right off making big money but the benefits and the retirement are the best around. There are many places out there, some you have never heard of that might work out. I bumped into one of these firms many years back and I retired many years ago at the age of 53. Tell them to keep looking.

      • GBJames
        Posted November 26, 2017 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

        Oh how I love the humorless!

        I have two children. Millenials, both. I’m fully aware of the challenges the generation faces.

      • Posted November 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        have only been able to land jobs with no health care coverage, no paid sick leave, no paid time off for holidays and no paid vacation time.

        That’s more the fact that they were born Americans than are millennials. Don’t take it out on the makers of funny videos, blame your politicians.

  2. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Okay … yes!

  3. Posted November 26, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    In the first if i were the employer it would be:
    Go! get us a meal for 4, you have until dusk… hunted, gathered but better, both!

    For the second, it would be… nothing at first, i would have to get over my smirking, laughing fit and politely say,
    your phone needs you and while your at it ask siri if you need need a job and how to get one.

  4. frednotfaith2
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Amy’s the sort of person I’d rather stay far, far away from, at work and everywhere else!

  5. Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Ben Miller studied physics at Cambridhe but left early to pursue a career in comedy. His thesis was entitled ‘Novel quantum effects in low-temperature quasi-zero-dimensional mesoscopic electron systems’. He’s done a couple of pop science books and had guest appearances on The Infinite Monket Cage.

    Alexander Armstrong voiced Danger Mouse.

    I like Danger Mouse.

    • Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

      Well, after all, He’s the strongest he’s the quickest he’s the best, is he not? 😉

    • Posted November 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, but nobody can take the place of David Jason, the original Dangermouse.

  6. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    That second one was a hoot. And a savage lampoon of the twittering classes. And the pomo claptrap about ‘sensing hostilities’ yadda yadda. The thing I found most unlikely was the patience shown by the interviewer. I would have snapped at about the 20-second mark.

    By the way, it constantly annoys me how people conflate using the UI of trendy apps with ‘technology’. It isn’t, any more than being able to drive an (automatic) car makes you a mechanic.


    • Richard
      Posted November 27, 2017 at 2:28 am | Permalink

      Yes, I remember a comment from a comp sci professor about the new students he gets: their parents and grandparents have told them “Oh, you’re so good with technology!”, but in reality he finds their understanding is at the level of “If I press this button X usually happens”.

  7. Merilee
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Loved the second one.

  8. Spirula
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Humorless? Not known for that. More known for an acerbic wit and “dry depreciating humor”.

    I recently made this comment after a friend asked if I ever considered trying doing standup:
    “Standup? Are you kidding me?! I get flop-sweat just talking to myself!” Came out of the blue, but I thought it wasn’t bad. Don’t recall what I had previously said.

    I’ve just seen so many millennial bashing articles recently that they seem just an easy target these days, maybe hit a nerve.

    The millennials, I just found them the least judgmental, most culturally accepting, and engaging students I’ve ever had.

    Maybe I should just go back to not commenting. (I was pissed coming back from a pub/bar saturated with racists, misogynist, Trumpists and probably have failed to let it all go today. Oh, and I have known them all for years).

    I think I’ve maxed out on the number allowable comments so I’m done.

  9. revelator60
    Posted November 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget Monty Python’s “Job Interview”!

    • Merilee
      Posted November 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      A friend of mine had a med school interview at Harvard in the early 70s. Her chair was tilted way back to make her feel insecure. Then they asked her to open a window, which was stuck. Not to be sexist, but I think the window exercise would have upset the male applicants more than the female. (“up a cunt” is how Siri interpreted my rendition of applicants!!! Gonna wash Siri’s mouth out with soap😖) These kinds of interviews seem so puerile. Love the Monty Python one, though.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted November 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

        Errm, Siri isn’t one of those context-responsive bots that reflects recent use, is she? 😉

        (Inquisitive nephew: Uncle, when I type a word on your laptop, why do all the Google links point to sites with ‘sex’ in their name?)

        (I hasten to add I just made that one up 😎


        • Merilee
          Posted November 27, 2017 at 8:03 pm | Permalink


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