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The Eclectic Pen - Interviews

By: Scott W. (Rev)   + 36 more  
Date Submitted: 12/29/2006
Last Updated: 12/31/2006
Genre: Humor & Entertainment » Humor
Words: 713

  What do I do in my spare time? I go to job interviews. For fun.

It started when I was fifteen. My father made me apply for a part-time job I didnít want, so I purposely blew the interview. I couldnít just flip the guy off and walk out, my father would find out. So I gave myself a nervous twitch and grunted ďapplesauceĒ under my breath every minute or so, but otherwise treated it as if I wanted to be hired. I didnít get the job, and I had so much fun that I didnít complain when my father lined up a few more interviews. By the time I flubbed my fifth interview by pretending to fall asleep halfway through, I was hopelessly hooked.

Iíve been to over four hundred job interviews in the twenty years since then, and I can proudly say that Iíve never given the same performance twice. Iíve gone a week without bathing, Iíve shown up nude, in drag, in pajamas, with Chinese takeout, holding a baby doll I pretended was real, on roller-skates, covered in blood, drenched in sweat, and even on fire. Iíve answered questions with questions, in pig Latin, with alternating French and German accents, mumbling incomprehensibly, shouting, crying, laughing at random, using long made-up words, and refusing to answer anything without a lawyer present. Iíve bragged about impossible feats, claimed to have invented things like staplers and milk, contradicted my resume repeatedly, pretended to be mute, made up a fake language, reacted violently whenever the word Ďopportunityí was used, offered my children as cheap labor, hinted at sexual favors, glared menacingly, quoted non-existent passages from the bible regarding overtime, openly declared how I was too good to work there, mentioned Ďunioní and Ďstrikeí in every other sentence, bribed, begged, threatened, pleaded, insulted and argued.

Iím still torn between the subtle and outrageous approaches. Flinching every time the interviewer moves has its own quiet joy to it, yet you should see the look on a managerís face when I hand him a deck of Trivial Pursuit cards and challenge him to ask me any question. Itís priceless.

The ultimate moment of my little hobby came seven months ago, when I actually landed a job interview for a CEO position in a very powerful multi-national corporation. This was one of the big ones. I could tell you their name, but you wouldnít even recognize it, thatís how big and powerful they are. I had written this horribly impressive resume on a lark, the kind of stuff that Trump probably sifts through every week, and I was so proud of the sheer enormity of the tapestry of lies and falsehoods weaved throughout it that I sent it out to a dozen high profile headhunter agencies, just to see the response I got. Iíd forgotten all about it until I got the call for the job interview.

You have no idea how exciting it was to walk into that boardroom. Seven extremely powerful men took turns shaking my hand and congratulating me on Ďcoming this farí. They were taking me totally serious. I had come prepared with a suitcase full of fuzzy squeak toys, several dime store magic tricks, and a bright orange water pistol in a shoulder holster in case I wanted to give someone an Ďaccidentalí glimpse to shake things up. But as I took a seat, calm and confident, in front of men whose combined value of tailored suits was worth more than my house, I had a brainstorm: the funniest thing to do would be to play it straight and see how long I could keep up the act. Not only didnít I remember anything Iíd written on the resume, I still had no real idea what the company did or the job entailed, besides the six-figure salary and stock options. I was so far out of my league, just sitting in that room was a joke. Could there be anything funnier than just playing along until they caught on that I was a total fraud?

Yes, there could. They hired me. I have a corner office, and expense account that would ease the national debt, and a helicopter on standby 24/7. Iíd laugh at the irony, but Iím not quite sure who the joke is on anymore.

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Tanya M. (smeghead) - 12/30/2006 6:44 PM ET
I liked this. I kind wish I had the balls to do something like this. It would be pretty darn funny, just like your story is.
Lisa F. (MrsFreeman) - 1/8/2007 3:42 PM ET
I loved reading this story! Well done! The irony at the end, however, is almost scary because of the possibility of it actually happening...
Kristen D. - 4/21/2007 10:59 AM ET
Great story!!! Makes you wonder why everybody else who is "technicaly qualified," tries so hard... Besides, I know from EXPERIENCE that all you really have to be is a good interviewee.. That's probably why my resume is SOOOOOOO long... Lol!!!
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