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Presidential campaigns in the U.S. make me think a lot about job seekers, and not because jobs and who can “create” the most jobs in Washington are the #1 topics on everyone’s minds. Let’s face it, running for office is the longest, extended interview anyone could imagine.

The final presidential debate is tonight. Based on watching some of my favorite political shows over the weekend, it seems like both candidates will be planning to turn a conversation about international issues into a referendum on domestic issues, which statistically is a more “needle moving” topic for “undecided” voters.

If you want to see some masterful examples of, “That’s an interesting question, but let me tell you about this other topic I’m more focused on,” be sure to watch the debate. However, don’t plan to take a lesson from the candidates’ playbooks, as interviewers are unlikely to be impressed by candidates who dodge questions in favor of talking about points that haven’t yet come up in conversation.

The infographic below, compiled by Spark Hire, an online video resume and interviewing platform, looks at the presidential election in the context of your own job search. Please comment and let me know if you’re learning anything — either what to do, or what NOT to do during your search — by watching our candidates.

 

Political icon photo by DonkeyHotey

 

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