Articles by Patrick Jones
More weird job interview questions answered on the streets of New York
Some places like to ask outside-the-box job interview questions to try and find out who candidates are by catching them slightly off guard.
What would you say to these crazy interview questions?
Ladders decided to go out on the streets of New York City and see how people answer some of the weirder questions out there. If this were an actual job interview, we don't think any of these people would be hired.
How to handle business lunch etiquette
Ladders sat down with Patricia Napier Fitzpatrick, who runs the Etiquette School of New York, to talk about how we should handle ourselves when we are eating in a business setting.
How Broadway ‘swings’ memorize every part in a play
Ladders went to The People's Improv Theater and sat down with Jake Keefe and Anna Dart, who are swings on the show Puffs — a parody play set in the world of wizardry — to find out how they tackle that task and if they've ever had to go on stage with little to no notice.
The man behind @NYCFoodFomo on the importance of having a hobby
Ladders sat down with the man behind the popular Instagram account @NYCFoodFomo at The Tang in New York and discussed the ins and outs of running an Instagram account as well as the importance of having a hobby.
Here are people’s biggest coworker pet peeves
Do you sit next to someone who chews loudly? Do they type louder than thunder? Do they eat food that smells up the whole office? We've all had an issue with a co-worker at one point or another. Ladders went out to ask people what bugs them about the people in their offices.
This is the woman to call when you ‘Need a Mom’
When you were young and life got hard and confusing, your mom was probably one of your go-to counselors for advice. Fast forward and now you're a young adult and guess what: Life is harder and more confusing so who are you going to turn to?
Natalia ‘The Saw Lady’ Paruz on following your passion
Natalia 'The Saw Lady' Paruz is a session musician who plays the saw. She performs in the subways of New York City to share her talents with passerby who seem surprised to see her. Ladders spoke with her during a public practice in the subway near Herald Square.
Is it OK to wear shorts at work?
It's debate that comes up every summer. Is it OK to wear shorts to work? Some say no, some say yes. How comfortable is too comfortable at work?
This woman became a chocolate mogul after saying, ‘I quit’
Jessica Spaulding is the owner and driving force behind the Harlem Chocolate Factory. Ladders asked Spaulding about the decision to leave her day job for her hobby and what other people thinking about doing something similar can expect.
What a puppeteer can teach you about following your dreams
Julia Darden is a graduate of the University of Connecticut's BFA program in Puppetry. Ladders joined Julia at a marionette show to discuss the ins and outs of puppets as well as advice for people pursuing dream jobs such as hers.
Meet the legally blind street magician Justin Sight
Justin Sight is a legally blind magician. Ladders caught up with him in New York's Union Square. He offers advice for anyone chasing their dreams.
VIDEO: Here’s how you could spend more than 2 months of the year traveling
Brad Stuart is a travel expert and host of his own travel show, True Travels with Brad. In 2017 alone, Brad will have spent 88 days outside of the United States in 15 countries. So, how does he do it? Ladders asked Brad how we can all travel more — and how travel can affect you personally and in your work life.
7 tips from an etiquette coach for nailing your job interview
Patricia Napier Fitzpatrick runs The Etiquette School of New York where she coaches her clients on everything from body language to table manners. Ladders spoke with Patricia about tips that can help improve your chances of nailing your next big job interview.
Would you let your boss put a microchip in your hand?
We asked people in New York City's Times Square just how far they'd go for easy access to office potato chips. Their answers were surprising.
What’s the Best Advice You Ever Got From Your Dad?
Here are some lovably wacky ideas.
How improv comedy training can help you succeed at the office
Improv comedy has a lot of skills that can help you in your career and even in your personal life.