10 movie quotes that can be (tenuously) applied to recruitment

10 movie quotes that can be (tenuously) applied to recruitment

29 May 2015


I recently wrote an article that took a quote from the Rocky movies and applied it to the process of getting a job (What do you mean, you didn’t read it – click here to read it!). The feedback I received was truly humbling and it led me to think that I had to write a follow up article.

However, like the great musical auteurs of our time, I came across the difficult second album syndrome, where an artist struggles to follow up a smash hit. So like any number of others who have suffered a creative writing block before me, I have decided to just write a rehash of my original premise but this time, I’ve added in a little bit of a quiz element to the proceedings (answers on a postcard/ or comment below if easier).

So without further ado, I give you:  “How the movies can help you get a new job” - aka 10 movie quotes that can be tenuously applied to recruitment” (Let’s see how many of the 10 you can recognise).

  • I’m gonna make him an offer he can't refuse” 

An offer you can’t refuse? Unfortunately, one of the biggest mistakes that people make is to turn down an offer of employment elsewhere, just because their current employer offers them a few thousand more to stay. 80% of people who stay with their current employer, end up leaving within 6 months of taking the revised offer. Why? Well the reasons you were looking to move in the first place are still there, long after the extra salary has been spent.

  • Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

As mission statements go, this is a pretty good one! Why are you looking to move jobs? What are you looking for next? Where do you want to be in 5 years? If you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, then you are unlikely to find the dream job you deserve. Think about what you want before starting to look.

  • Sicilians are great liars. The best in the world. I'm Sicilian. My father was the world heavy-weight champion of Sicilian liars. From growing up with him I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give himself away. A guys got seventeen pantomimes. A woman's got twenty, but a guy's got seventeen... but, if you know them, like you know your own face, they beat lie detectors all to hell

In an interview situation, the biggest mistake you can make is to get caught lying. Never Lie. Tell stories about yourself that are true. They will come over as more passionate and more truthful. Employers like truthful people, believe it or not!

  • “My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

Although this is somewhat true, there is usually a card in the box telling you what to expect. If you have an interview, your consultant should be able to tell you what “you’re gonna get”. That is one of the basic elements of our job – to help you prepare. If they don’t, then maybe it’s time to get a new recruiter.

  • “You can't handle the truth!”

Would you rather hear why you didn’t get that job or hear some sugar coated rhetoric? You know that recruiter who told you some horrible feedback? Hold on to him/ her! It might sting but at least it will help you in your next interview. Being told “they liked you but offered someone else” will not help you in the long run.

  • "Open the pod bay doors please, HAL."

Always go to the toilet before your interview. There isn’t a feeling in the world worse than having to cross your legs whilst bursting for the loo!

  • "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

Do not go out the night before an interview. No matter how sensible you behave, you will not be on your “A” game the following day. And even worse, if you smell like a brewery, its unlikely you will get very far. (Please note that you may ignore this advice if going for a job in a brewery).

  • “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

Do not ever bad mouth your current employer. It might make you feel better, you might even get a bit of rapport with the person interviewing on the back of it but they will not hire someone who comes over as opinionated. If you have genuine gripes, structure the criticism in a positive light.

  • "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”

I’ve already told you not to lie. I will repeat it here. Do not lie about your salary . Feel free to tell someone what you want/ need to move to a new job but don’t inflate your salary to a level closer to where you think it should be. If you are worth what you want, it shouldn’t be an issue. And besides, your recruiter will have already told them what you want.

  • "I'm the king of the world!"

Well done, you got that dream job. Your recruitment consultant is delighted too. They genuinely are but they now need to move on to the next “you”. Well help them then – recommend them to a friend.

So there you have it, 10 movie quotes that will help you with your job search. Feel free to get in touch with your own suggestions and let us know which ones you got (and no cheating!).


Written By Adam Davey


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