Tim York wrote:Winston Churchill, whose intelligence and powers of application were undoubted, was reputed to start the day with a small brandy and continued to imbibe regularly throughout the day. Nowadays he would be considered an alcoholic and would not be considered for high office.
Oliver McCrum wrote:I'm confused. Anyone ordering 'the house Merlot' probably isn't very bright, so aren't the HR people right?
Keith M wrote:Oliver McCrum wrote:I'm confused. Anyone ordering 'the house Merlot' probably isn't very bright, so aren't the HR people right?
Depends on the house, no? Somehow I think if someone found themselves at À Côté and found a merlot on the list, ordering it would probably not be a dull experience . . .
Oliver McCrum wrote:If you find a Merlot on their list, I'll give you a dollar. He thinks Barbera is too boring and normal.
merlot, Feotto dello Jato, “Rosso di Turi”
Monreale, Sicily, Italy 2002
Brian Gilp wrote:I am not sure why this is comes across as a shock. Every aspect of a person is under scrutiny when seeking a job. Its not just wine. Smoking as noted will send off warning signs as will being overweight, visible ink, jewlery that is too flashy, and many other signs that people process. I have met folks who make a very good living as consultants whose job it is to sit in interviews to gain insight into the prospective employees personality and to provide those insights to the company after the interview. She told me that the companies that hire her are as (if not more) concerned with ensuring that the personallity fits into the company as they are with the individual being qualified to do the work.
Robin Garr wrote:All true, Brian, but the quirk that hooked me - and I think maybe many of us - was that the observers downgraded the applicant for taking wine, EVEN WHEN THE INTERVIEWER WAS DOING THE SAME. There's a certain sense of injustice that comes across here.
Robin Garr wrote:Secondarily, for me, while several of the "warning signs" you mention are non-controversial to most people, I'm inclined to the opinion that judging a person negatively for moderate wine consumption in a social setting tells us more about the judge than the judged.
Brian Gilp wrote:It has been my experience that people generally view behaviors in others differently than they do in themselves. Using the wine example, I know how I approach wine and how I manage it as part of a normal lifestyle.
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