Matthew Visits

Matthew Visits

Sunday, February 27, 2000
| Mark 2:13-22

Levi wakes up on a Monday morning in a dead-end job collecting taxes for Caesar and a hefty surcharge for himself. Levi, known to us as Matthew, is ripe for a career change, and here's no bigger career changer that Jesus.

Job hunting.

Matthew wasn't looking for a new job and found one; often, when we look for a job, we can't find one.

We've all been interviewed for jobs. And we've nervously endured those interviews thinking about what NOT to do: Don't bite fingernails. Don't fidget. Don't interrupt. Don't burp. We know we'd disqualify ourselves instantly if we slipped up and did any of these "don'ts."

But the word on the street -- that is, on the cyber-street, the information superhighway -- is that some applicants are unfamiliar with the concept of interview etiquette. Personnel executives of major American corporations have started swapping stories of the most bizarre and unusual behavior by job seekers.

For example:

* "A balding candidate abruptly excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece."

* An applicant "wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time."

* Another "stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate...

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