Paper: How not to stuff up your job interview

Before we start, I’m sure you can join in the chorus that seems to be on almost every American TV programme these days, attributed to Sun Tzu but it’s not in any of the authoritative versions of his work I have. It’s also been attributed, in one form or another, to dozens of management speakers, military leaders and, of course, Mike Tyson who famously re-wrote it to say “Everyone has a plan until they are hit in the mouth.”

Perhaps he should have said “Everyone has a plan until I bite their ear off.”

That doesn’t mean you should not have a plan. What Sun Tzu actually said is “According as circumstances are favourable, one should modify one’s plans.”