It comes near the end when Charlie and Wonka are standing in the Wonkavator flying over the town.
We find out that the whole thing -- the golden tickets, Slugworth, the tour of the factory, Wonka flipping out at Charlie in his office and almost making him cry (by the way, am I the only one who thinks Wonka should be locked up for child abuse?) -- it was all just one huge, crazy, elaborate job interview.
Wonka was looking for someone he could trust to run his factory.
Notice that he didn't take one peek at Charlie's resume (even though the guy seems to love his contracts) or so much as ask him about his qualifications
Wonka just had to know he could trust him.
Now, obviously, this is a kids' film -- an awesome movie, and one that never gets old, but still a wacky movie nonetheless.
In the real world, resumes are important. Employers care a lot about your qualifications, and your experience, and your skills, and your credentials, and your track record -- what I call the "hard stuff". There's no doubt about that.
Even in the harsh world of grizzled adults, trust will always be the most important factor that determines whether or not you get the job.
That's the reason why interviewers -- just like Willy Wonka, I suppose -- put you through your paces with difficult questions that seem to have NOTHING at all to do with your skills or the job.
They're testing you.
They're trying to figure out if they can trust you. More than that, they're looking to see if you have the right personality for their team.
This is the "soft stuff" -- and it's what gets you the job.
There are plenty of blogs and articles and videos online that will help you understand and prepare for the most common interview questions. But, be warned: these resources are great for helping you with the "hard stuff", but they often skip over and miss out the more important "soft stuff".
That's one of the reasons why I created Interview Success Formula.
It's a complete step-by-step program that takes you through every stage of the interview preparation process, helping you prepare interview answers that inspire trust, command respect, and win job offers.