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Last week I interviewed to get on the supervisor list at my agency.  To say that the interview went badly would be a slight understatement, like saying that root canals are no fun, or that Newt Gingrich is not an ideal marriage partner.  It was an epic fail, the kind of interview they make sitcom episodes about.  Every question was along the lines of "Give a specific example of a time when you showed your skills at X," when X was always something that had diddly-squat to do with the job I've been doing for the last couple of decades.

I like my current job, and I'm ambivalent about change, so I'm not too heartbroken over it.  More importantly, I have a current job, and that's something no one should take for granted these days.

Besides, it was only my second-worst job interview ever, and the worst one definitely made me wonder if I was secretly being filmed for a sitcom.  

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The worst job interview I ever had was back in my college days, mumblemumble years ago, when I wanted to sign on with a temp agency for the summer.  It kind of set the tone in the elevator, when I hit the button for the basement and it took me to the 17th floor instead.

After I got to the right place, the first order of business was a typing test.  While I was working on it, the two women at the front desk got into a discussion of problems they were having with clients.  I tried to pay attention to my typing, but the more I tried not to listen, the more I was listening.  Still, I was blown away when they told me I had over a hundred errors on the typing test!  I didn't think that was even possible - and it wasn't.  There'd been some sort of weird computer glitch, and I really only had two errors.  (All these years later, I can still cause weird computer glitches just by being around them.)

When it was time to leave, I discovered that my purse strap had gotten caught in the chair wheel, and it took me a good five minutes to wrestle it free.  Blushing, I went out to my car - and then realized I'd forgotten my coat and had to go back for it.  And the elevator took me to the 17th floor.

Would you believe they hired me?  Mostly for the entertainment, I suspect.

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Originally posted to Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sat May 10, 2014 at 07:00 PM PDT.

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