It’s the most common piece of advice we’re given in high-pressure situations, from first dates to grand-jury testimony. (Beware if the former leads to the latter.) Never is this advice more applicable than in the almighty job interview, during which you have approximately 15 minutes to convince complete strangers that they should change your life. But what if your job interview lasted 18 months? That’s how long a U.S. presidential campaign goes on these days, and in a delicious twist of fate, we the people are the prospective employers and the powers that be are the applicants. There can be only one winner, and the person who lands the coveted position is usually the one who is able to just be himself. That’s right. The most authentic man wins, no matter how great his flaws. There are no better examples of flawed but authentic candidates than the two most recent U.S. presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Both were astute campaigners who overcame huge personal hurdles by the sheer force of their likability and charming personalities. In Clinton’s case, tales of extramarital affairs hampered him from the beginning: A tawdry tart named Gennifer Flowers should have sunk his ship back in 1992. Salacious disclosures… Read full this story
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