Should I apologize for what I did at the company holiday party, or just lay low?

I embarrassed myself at the company’s end-of-year party. Should I just pretend it didn’t happen or should I say something to my boss and co-workers?

Have you ever taken the office walk of shame? Were there stares, sneers, whispers? What did you do? Inquiring minds want to know. Was it Elaine’s dance? Buffet of buffoonery? Tango boss? Worse? I’ve witnessed everything from redeemable moments to career-limiting or career-killing moves. You’ll know if it’s the latter because you’ll be visited by HR, or your boss will call you and say, “We need to talk.”

Whatever you did, acknowledge it and apologize. Explain to your boss, co-workers, or the person you may have offended that you are not who you are (unless everyone knows differently from previous experience) and that it will never happen again. And then make sure it’s not – assuming you get a second chance.

How do you cope when job applicants buzz during the interview like you have nothing better to do than spend the whole day with them? I don’t mean to sound rude, but I have a schedule and they seem to have no idea when answering questions. Advices ?

In all honesty, interviewers are sometimes just as unprepared and unqualified for interviews as candidates.
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Someone looks like they need a vacation break after an interview. It’s true that despite the overwhelming amount of resources available to candidates on basic job interview etiquette, many seem to get stage fright and forget their lines — as well as time. In all honesty, interviewers are sometimes just as unprepared and unqualified for interviews as candidates. Frame the meeting from the start. Tell the candidate how much time you have and what you would like to cover and that you would like to set aside some time before the end of the meeting so they can ask additional questions. This will help focus the seeker. If you have to remind them that you appreciate the detail of their answers but have a screeching halt, that should be enough for any qualified candidate to keep you from wanting to hit the eject button on your desk.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a human resources manager. Listen to Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: [email protected] Follow: GoToGreg.com and on
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