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.

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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on a new Wall Street Shylock

“How quickly nature falls into revolt, When gold becomes her object!” King Henry IV part 2, act 4, sc. 4 SAC Capital Advisors, one of the most profitable hedge funds in history, pleaded guilty to security and wire fraud charges … Continue reading

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