So if you’re a regular reader of my PROTIP Phriday posts, you’re probably wondering what’s up- no post last week, and now I’ve come up with this new series, PHEATURE Phriday- what the hell is that? Let me explain. While I love my PROTIP posts, I’ve found that they don’t get the exposure I’d like for them to, and I’ve also found that at times it gets hard to actually come up with them week in and week out. In an attempt to not burn the theme out, I’m swapping in a series that will appear every other week, PHEATURE Phriday (yes, the corny PH- prefixes will stay). PHEATURE Phriday will be a space where I can highlight anything and everything that catches my eye in a given week- posts can have one specific focus (as today’s will) or be a summary of stuff that’s been on my mind or on my social media feed. I’ll try this out for the next couple of months and see if it gets more exposure- I may also get bored with it and try something else (remember: my soapbox, my rules…) so we’ll have to see.
So, what am i featuring pheaturing this week?
If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen this hashtag recently- it’s been picking up steam since the middle of January. We’ve all been in that situation where you’re out with someone and everything is good… until they say that one thing that makes you look at them funny, smile and nod while you plot your exit strategy. Maybe you’ve even been the one dropping the bomb occasionally- hey, it happens to us all eventually… The point is that someone actually took the time to come up with a hashtag to highlight some of them- and it took off like wildfire. #FiveWordsToRuinADate got coverage on CBS News, Glamour Magazine, DailyMail.com, CNN, Huffington Post, USA Today… and if you read some of the Tweets that use the hashtag, you can clearly see why:
#FiveWordsToRuinADate taps in to that inner instinct we all have to occasionally let the worst of us slip out at the absolute worst times- and our need to be able to relate to each other around the awkwardness of shared cultural rituals like dating. The posts are hilarious and have definitely kept me laughing over the past two weeks of running training sessions and doing interview after interview after interview for summer staff positions… so much so that I’ve been inspired to do my own student affairs themed spinoff for my first PHEATURE Phriday.
If dating occasionally brings out the awkward in us all, the interview process can trigger some of the most oddball behavior known to man. I’ve been privileged enough to be part of interview teams for various roles for a long time now, and sometimes I’ve heard things that made me want to cry, scream, drop the phone or hang up in disgust. In many of these cases, I’ve also had to put the end of my pen in mouth to keep from laughing my you-know-what off at the insanity of it all. In an attempt to bring a smile to all of our faces at the end of the workweek, (hopefully) start a new trend, and to offer some words to the wise to anyone interviewing next week, here’s a few examples of #FiveWordsToRuinAnInterview with a student affairs professional.
Note: Examples based on actual comments or things I imagine people saying, but edited to protect the guilty…
#FIVEWORDSTORUINANINTERVIEW (With An SAPro):
“I’m allergic to glitter glue.”
“Challenge and Support? What’s that?”
“Icebreakers give me night terrors.”
“No nights & weekends off?!!”
“I have to do rounds?”
“Do you have free gyms?”
“That’s a big time commitment…”
“We get paid HOW MUCH?!!”
“How’s the dining hall food?”
“Hedgehogs can’t live in halls?”
“I don’t DO bulletin boards.”
“When do I get promoted?”
“Do we get offices too?”
“So YOU’LL be my supervisor?…”
“You want me to WHAT?”
“References might be an issue…”
“You’re paying for my move…”
“My hotel room kinda sucked…”
“Meeting with STUDENTS? Oh crap…”
“I’ll have the filet mignon…”
“Just one drink with lunch?”
“SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!”
“Please- you’re my only hope!”
“YOU CALLED MY LAST BOSS!?”
“I can’t smoke with students?”
“I don’t like many people…”
“Six more months of probation…”
“Can you call me back?”
“Questions? Don’t you ask those?”
“My mom’s in the lobby…”
That’s it for my first PHEATURE Phriday… hope you enjoyed and that you stop by every other week to check them out! PROTIP Phriday will be back next week- I promise! Until then, enjoy your weekend and watch your words… especially if they come in multiples of five!