What's On Your Resume?

“When 21-year-old Stuart Goldberg went into a job interview last fall with a partner at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., the University of Pennsylvania senior expected to discuss his 3.8 grade-point average, his internships in private equity or the data-crunching he’d done for the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, the interviewer went straight for a different bullet point on Mr. Goldberg’s résumé: his interest in the cable-television series ‘Breaking Bad.’ They spent 10 of the interview’s 45 minutes discussing the dark drama about a high-school teacher who becomes a methamphetamine kingpin, Mr. Goldberg recalls. ‘I was shocked that he wanted to allocate so much time to that.’ The candidate was also pleased that his strategic decision to represent himself with a ‘popular yet relatively highbrow’ TV show had worked. He starts as a business analyst at McKinsey this summer, the consulting firm confirms.”