Category Archives: Answers to Interviews

Preparing for an interview gives you confidence. It is easy to create a small dictionary of classic (in this case Shakespearean) answers to typical questions. The book “Your Daily Shakespeare” is an almost inexhaustible source.

Tales Told The Millennials

Decades are acknowledged historical markers, signaling the birth of a new generation, and the transition between adjacent but different cultural times. Since September 2001, the inaudible and noiseless foot of time (1) has advanced by almost two decades. And two generations are now alive who did not see 9/11, and will derive only from school, Read More

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Osama, or You Only Die Twice

… a double plunge into… “the undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveller returns.” (Hamlet 3.1) Recent American history proves that various successive Administrations expect the populace to believe anything, provided it is quite incredible.

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Shakespeare, Patriotism and Exceptionalism

“…there’s not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.” Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2 The term “Patria” or homeland is, of course, of Latin origin, meaning “land of the fathers”. In turn, presidents’ patriotic speeches celebrate the achievements of the inhabitants of their respective “land of the fathers” and, by Read More

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Shakespeare, Ukraine and the Smoking Gun

I will no more trust him when he leers, than I will a serpent when he hisses.” (Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 1) The expression “smoking gun”, as we know, is intended to represent incontrovertible evidence of a crime, or of a generic act of lawlessness. The term is derived from Conan Doyle’s story Read More

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Shakespeare Applies for a Job Today

If William Shakespeare applied for a job in a corporation today, would he get it? Or would he be rejected for being unable to speak the  fuzzy and sometimes nebulous managerese? The question must remain unanswered but let’s imagine that the ghost and spirit of Shakespeare enter into your soul, so that you can fit Read More

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Shakespeare on the Unbelievable Justice in Texas

“Most noble sir, That which I shall report will bear no credit, Were not the proof so nigh.” (Winter’s Tale, act 5, sc. 1) … And disbelief will probably be your reaction on learning about the event, of which I first read in a comment to an unrelated article online. This is why I invite Read More

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Shakespeare in a Corporation or Job Interview

 “…there are throats to be cut and works to be done.” (King Henry V, act 3, sc. 4) Probably, Shakespeare would not fare well today in a job interview. For example, it is assumed, especially in a sales or marketing position, that the candidate must “like people”. Silly words for a silly concept. Some people Read More

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Shakespeare and the Best Speaker of 2013

“I speak as my understanding instructs me, And as my honesty puts it to utterance.” (Winter’s Tale, act 1, sc. 1) The year’s end calls for celebrations and nominations of the “best man of the year” for this or that art, industry, fashion and other sundry human endeavors. This website celebrates George Galloway. MP for Read More

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Shakespeare, a Christmas Rose, Reflection and Music

“At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May’s new fangled mirth, But like of each thing as in season grows.” (Love’s Labours Lost, act 1, sc. 1 “It’s the season to be jolly…etc.” And, at least for some, reflection is the companion of gayety. Or perhaps the din and Read More

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Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky and the Brothers Karamazov

“When I consider everything that grows, Holds in perfection but a little moment, That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows, Whereon the stars in secret influence comment.” (SON.15) While considering the lies (except one), uttered by Obama at Mandela’s funeral, I returned to the “Brothers Karamazov”, as a kind of “phylosophy’s sweet milk” and Read More

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