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What Mary Poppins Can Teach Technical Recruiters To Really Look For

Written By Michael Ferrara

Created on 2022-11-01 14:17

Published on 2022-11-04 08:28

In case you haven’t noticed, the world is a weird place. But perhaps the strangest thing about this world is that people are so often willing to accept things at face value. Some beliefs are almost universally agreed upon, while others are seen as so bizarre that it’s amazing anyone would believe them. For example, take Mary Poppins. As of today, she’s one of the most widely known fictional characters in history. The number of people who have seen her or know who she is could be counted on one hand… Maybe even one finger. But does that mean we should all just take her at face value? Probably not. There’s obviously something more going on with Mary Poppins than what we see on the surface. And when it comes to technical recruiting, we can learn A LOT from this magical nanny from London...

Mary Poppins is a bit of a trickster

First of all, we have to understand that Mary Poppins is not a person you can trust blindly. She’s a trickster at heart. And what makes Mary Poppins so magical? Well, it all comes down to her bag. She’s got a magic bag, you see, that can seemingly pull everything you need out of thin air. And because of this, she’s a master of misdirection. Popping up at the most inopportune times, she’s able to distract people with a song, a dance, or some magic trickery. And the more you try to examine her bag, the more she does to lose you. She’s able to keep her bag just out of reach, and even when she does let you look inside, it’s filled with ordinary objects that make no sense.

Everyone she works with ends up flying

Perhaps the most important thing Mary Poppins teaches us is that everyone she works with ends up flying. But let’s be honest, what does this mean for real life? When we read the book as kids, we saw this as a metaphor for confidence. But looking at it as an adult, there’s obviously more here than a bit of positive thinking. Indeed, the only reason anyone can fly with Mary Poppins by their side is that they have some sort of magic power. It’s the same with any magician or trickster, and if you want to be like her, you need to find a way to gain magical powers.

She doesn’t judge people for their past

When you’re hiring people in any profession, it’s easy to get caught up in a candidate’s past. You’re trying to predict what they might do in the future, which means you have to know everything about them. Mary Poppins, on the other hand, doesn’t care about a person’s past. She doesn’t care who they were or what they’ve done. Instead, she wants to know whom they want to be. Because of this, Mary Poppins doesn’t care about your previous work experience or educational background. She wants to know what you’re passionate about, what you want to achieve, and how you plan to get there. She wants to know what you love, not what you’re good at.

Her job as a nanny is to help find happiness in all people

The thing that makes Mary Poppins so special, more than anything else, is that she doesn’t try to change people. She doesn’t come in with a bunch of new rules that she expects everyone to follow. Instead, she wants to help people find happiness within themselves. She wants to help people find their own rules, so to speak. Her job isn’t to change the kids, but to help them realize the potential that’s already within them. She wants to see the kids succeed and be happy, and she wants to see the parents satisfied with their lives. Instead of trying to change everything, Mary Poppins helps people find what they love, identify their passion, and find their own path to success.


Mary Poppins is a trickster who flies and doesn’t judge people for their past. She wants to help people find their own path to success, by helping them find what they love, identify their passion, and find their own rules for success. If you want to be like Mary Poppins, you need to learn to embrace the weirdness of the world and see that the things you accept at face value are often far more complicated than they appear.

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