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The 10 Smartest Movie Quotes for a Job Interview

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During my professional life, I hired a lot of people.  Sometimes, one candidate would stick out from the rest; they demonstrated a wisdom that gave them a 'halo effect'.  For some reason, I felt like they would be the best fit with the job and the rest of our team.  Often it was something they said, a wise perspective shared in response to a question.  Here are the top ten movie quotes that would have impressed me if they were responses to the appropriate question.

“There is no certainty, only opportunity.”
V for Vendetta (2005) – V (Hugo Weaving)

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”
Wag the Dog (1997) – Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro)


“Failure is never quite so frightening as regret.”
The Dish (2000) – Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill) 

“It’s what you do right now that makes a difference.”
Black Hawk Down (2001) - Jeff Struecker (Brian Van Holt)

“No point in punching things you can’t see.”
Cinderella Man (2005) – James Braddock (Russell Crowe) 

“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.”
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Joel Barrish (Jim Carrey) 

“It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.”
Batman Begins (2005) – Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes) 

“Men don’t follow titles, they follow courage.”
Braveheart (1995) – William Wallace (Mel Gibson) 

“If work has no intention, it’s not work at all.  It’s an empty motion.”
The Razor’s Edge (1984) – Raaz (Saeed Jaffrey)

“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices.”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Dumbledore (Richard Harris)

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