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What not to say in a job interview

Published on 12 August 2014

I’ve inter­viewed a few peo­ple for jobs at Monash Uni­ver­sity, and there’s always some­one who comes out with some­thing sur­pris­ing. Here are some real examples.

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Why God never received tenure

Published on 2 September 2010

He had only one major pub­li­ca­tion. It was in Hebrew. It had no ref­er­ences. It wasn’t pub­lished in a ref­er­eed jour­nal. Some even doubt he wrote it by him­self. It may be true that he cre­ated the world, but what has he done since then? The sci­en­tific com­mu­nity has had a hard time repli­cat­ing his results. He never applied to the ethics board for per­mis­sion to use human sub­jects. When one exper­i­ment went awry he tried to cover it by drown­ing his sub­jects. When sub­jects didn’t behave as pre­dicted, he deleted them from the sam­ple. He rarely came to class, just told stu­dents to read the book. Some say he had his son teach the class. He expelled his first two stu­dents for learn­ing. Although there were only 10 require­ments, most of his stu­dents failed his tests. His office hours were infre­quent and often held on lim­ited access moun­tain tops. No record of work­ing well with col­leagues. This list must have appeared on thou­sands of sites and I’ve not been able to track down the source. In fact, a search on the phrase yields over 43,000 results on Google. There are another 3,700 where it is titled “Why God never received a PhD”. If any­one knows the orig­i­nal source, please post


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