Trump, Press Conferences, and Interviews

At the weekend, current president Donald Trump announced that there would be a “lawyers press conference” at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia, hosted by celebrity ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani.  Most people were expecting this to mean the Four Seasons Hotel, but in actual fact the conference took place outside the shuttered front of Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a small suburban company sited between a crematorium and an adult book store.

It reminds me of a time when I was working as an accountant in the mid-1990s.  A colleague of mine asked his PA to book him a room at The Four Pillars hotel in Oxford.  A few hours later she reported back, dejected because she couldn’t find any record of this hotel at all.  It turned out that she had been looking for somewhere called ‘The Four Pillows’ by mistake.  How we roared!

Where was I?  Oh yes – Trump.  Was it a mix-up, or planned all along?  I suspect the former, but it doesn’t really matter.  It ended up being a beautiful press conference that went ahead very strongly, on time and with everyone in the same place.

IT Manager recruitment

In the same way, it’s not relevant where and when you organise a job interview – for the role of IT Manager, for example.  In non-pandemic times you can meet anywhere you like.  I myself have conducted interviews at my own office, at a client’s office, in a café, restaurant, library, at home, in a park, online, and – in one memorable case – at the hotel bar while on holiday in Portugal.

The important thing is that you organise it properly and that all the key protagonists turn up.  We have plenty of advice on our website if you’re going into an interview situation.  For example, if you’re the interviewer, there’s some good stuff here, and if you’re the interviewee, you should click on this link.

This reminds me – I interviewed Donald Trump myself a couple of years ago – for an IT Manager role, in fact!  Here’s the transcript.

He didn’t get the job.