DEAR READERS: Today’s Sound Off is about bringing another person to a job interview.
DEAR HELOISE: It should be common knowledge that you don’t bring your kids, husband or boyfriend or mother to your job interview. It’s one of the quickest ways to be eliminated as a candidate for the job. And yet, just today I was about to interview a young woman of 23, and when I called her name, her boyfriend got up and said he was going into the interview with her to see to it that I didn’t ask any questions that he didn’t like.
When I said he was not going into the interview, he said he had a few questions he wanted to ask. I asked them to leave my office. Unless you need an interpreter, which is allowed, you shouldn’t bring another person with you to an interview for a job.
— Karen in Louisiana
DEAR READERS: Transparent tape has many uses besides wrapping gifts, such as:
When traveling, pack a small dispenser of tape for mending a loose hem.
In an emergency, you can tape a cut finger and prevent bacteria from getting in.
The matte tape can be applied to a number of things to allow you to write your name.
DEAR HELOISE: I know there must be others like me who like their soft drinks cold but the ice melts and dilutes the drink. I pour soft drink into an ice cube tray and freeze it. When I use these, as they melt, they don’t dilute my drink but still keep it cold.
— Billie M., Texas
DEAR HELOISE: For beachgoers, there are some things you should always pack in your beach bag:
Sunblock — everyone should use it, but this is especially important for children and very fair-skinned people who burn rather than tan.
Meat tenderizer — this is good to have on hand if you are near an ocean that has jellyfish. Mix a little water with the tenderizer to make a paste, and apply it to the affected area.
Slip-on shoes or rubber thongs for the feet — by midday, sand can get extremely hot, so don’t go barefoot to the beach.
A hat (one with a wide brim is best) — shield your head in the hot sun, as well as your eyes from ultraviolet rays.
Bottled water — stay hydrated; I can’t emphasize this enough. Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio,Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com