Saturday, July 21, 2007

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket

So yesterday I was making fun of job market advice I thought was way too stupid to need mentioning. Well, I was wrong to do so, and I hereby acknowledge the error in my ways. Apparently, some people are so fucking stupid, there's just no way to overestimate the stupidity of the advice they need.

Check this out. It's a poli sci prof's list of really stupid things she's seen actual candidates do. Most of it's predictable dumb-assery, like lying on your CV and telling the department you're not really interested in them. But it gets worse. Look at number five on the list:
5. Wear sweatpants. Give your [job] talk while sitting on a table swinging your legs.

Holy fuck. To repeat: someone actually did this. Down thread, we discover the pants were navy and black.

I really hate sweat pants. I mean, I really hate them. I don't even own a pair, let alone ever wear them out of the house. They disgust me. So I'm not really sure I can fully wrap my head around the idea that some imbecile wore a pair of sweatpants for their job talk. I'd ask how a person that stupid could even dress themselves in the morning, but I guess the real point is, they can't.


Anonymous said...

To paraphrase George from Seinfeld, you know you've given up on life the day you wear sweatpants in public.

Pseudonymous Grad Student said...

Oy. Imagine giving up on life in the middle of your job talk. . . .