How SimplePickup Can Land You a Job
“Using SimplePickup to land a job?! Yeah right,” you’re probably thinking. Don’t worry; your eyesight is fine.
If you didn’t know before, SimplePickup is a website (and YouTube phenomenon). Created by college-age men, SimplePickup proposes that there’s a science to pick up girls. And they prove it in their videos while competing in bizarre challenges.* While I don’t necessarily agree with their end goals, I’m here to reinforce your interview strategy and to show you why you should be using their methods.
1. Be prepared. These guys compete in challenges that test their ability to pick up women, like dressing up as Harry Potter or Batman and using pickup lines related to the content. If they didn’t have previous knowledge of these characters, the pickup would fall flat.
For the interview: Look up the company’s website and browse around. You don’t have to know everything, but pick two or three interesting (and pertinent) facts you can recite. Also, look up the company in the news to see what they’ve done recently.
2. Play to your strengths. SimplePickup members operate on humor. They are sure to have the upper hand because they’re the first to approach the girl, the first to initiate conversation, and the first to make jokes to keep her interested.
For the interview: Please skip the jokes about Platform 9 3/4 measurements as they pertain to you and stick to what you know. Think about what you do well and examples of how you’ve demonstrated this. Let me say that again: Use examples. Okay, good. Think of situations in which you’ve dealt with difficulty and overcome it, been a leader, or gone beyond the call of duty and done something outstanding. There is no experience that’s worthless.
3. Be honest. That pretty much goes without saying for these gents.
In the interview, if someone asks you, “Tell me about a time you’ve tried and failed,” this isn’t the time to have a David and Goliath moment. Google recruiters urge applicants to explain the failure and why they failed. Most importantly, tell them what you learned from the experience. That’s ultimately what employers are looking for. The more genuine you are, the more memorable you’ll be.
4. Be fearless. For example, one of the members of SimplePickup went to a convention and asked Michelle Rodriguez of Resident Evil, “In terms of the film…would you consider having sex with me?” She thought it was hilarious.
For the interview: Do NOT proposition your interviewer. When asked why you want the position, talk about all of your charming, relevant qualities and then disclose why they’re important to the position. (e.g., “I have a strong background in social work and volunteerism, as well as a desire to be challenged. I want to work at UNICEF to promote the well-being of children and feel that I am making a difference. UNICEF makes an impact on the community and I want to be part of it.”)
5. Know how to deal. One of the tenets of SimplePickup is that rejection is inevitable and, with practice, it will not sting as much. After a while, rejection does not mean much and will increase your confidence in meeting women.
For the interview: Getting rejected by a company kind of feels like a break-up. (“What did I do wrong? I thought they liked me…then they found someone else. Why them? Why not me?”) The best thing to do is suck it up. It happens. Write them a lovely note telling them how much you enjoyed your interview and to consider you in the future if they come across a position where you’re a good fit.
*Please note that I am not responsible for SimplePickup’s website or YouTube content.
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