Job Interview Do’s & Don’ts

Actionable interview advice from Colin Kaepernick

Alexander Muse
Nov 17 · 3 min read
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Advisor Jay Z

Most Americans have interviewed for a job at some point in their career and as a result most of us are familiar with the basic do’s and don’ts. This weekend Colin Kaepernick hosted a masterclass for the rest of us. First, if your employer offers you a multimillion dollar contract DON’T turn it down. Second, if you want your employer to rehire you after turning down a multimillion dollar contract DON’T sue them. If after you’ve done both DON’T skip the company-wide interview specifically arranged for you. If you decide to relocate the interview don’t relocate it to a high school more than an hour away from the original location. If you do your interview at a remote location for a small subset of the company DON’T hold a press conference condemning the company for not hiring you BEFORE they’ve decided whether or not to hire you.

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Three years ago Colin Kaepernick quit the NFL when he turned down a guaranteed $14 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers and ever since he’s been unemployed. Frustrated he sued his former employer and received a multi-million dollar settlement approved by Goodell. He’s made millions more from an endorsement deal with Nike. Yesterday at behest of Jay Z and Roger Goodell the NFL organized an unprecedented league-wide job interview for a single player — Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL player decided an hour before the interview to host it at a high school an hour from the original location. He then hosted a press conference condemning the NFL. You can watch for yourself:

At the end of the day I think we can all agree this is not the sort of behavior that is going to secure ANYONE a job — much less an embattled former NFL quarterback with a reputation for being difficult. The sad news is that, as Jason Brown points out, Colin actually had a pretty good workout

P.S. And if you’re wanting a career in America don’t malign the flag that Betsy Ross first made for our great nation.

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Alexander Muse

Alexander Muse is a serial entrepreneur, author of the GEN Z Startup and Sous Vide Science, contributor to Forbes and managing partner of Sumo. Check out his podcast on iTunes. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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