Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Oooooh...

In the twenty minutes I had today between school and picking up Jack, I stopped at my favorite coffee spot for a much needed pick-me-up. One of my favorite barristas, Annie, was working. Here was our conversation:

Annie: Hey! How's it going?

Me: The usual. You?

A: Nothing to report, really.. Well actually, I had an interview for a grown-up person job.

M: Oh really? How'd it go?

A: Not too well, I don't think..

M: What? Why?

A: Well, the interviewer was..um.. different.

M: What do you mean?

A: First of all, she did most of the talking and hardly asked any questions.

M: Not a great interviewing strategy..

A: Yeah. And when she did ask questions, they were weird ones like, 'Have you ever had a fish?' and I was like, 'Uh.. no..' and then she asked, 'Well you know what a fish looks like, right?' and I was all, 'sure', wondering where she was going. Then she took out a piece a paper and started drawing. Can I use your receipt? So on one side of the paper she drew this (drawing a fish-like scribble with teeth - totally abstract), and then asked, 'Do you know what this is?' 'Er, a piranha?' I answered. And she was like, 'Actually it's a Great White Shark.' And then on the other side of the paper she drew this (drawing another fish-like being made mostly of squares) and then she asked, 'Do you know what this is?' 'A clown fish?" I guessed. 'No. It's an angel fish. Here at our company we do NOT want a shark, nor do we want an angel fish! We want this (and she drew another fish scribble in between that looked a lot like the first fish). What do you think this one is, Annie?' And I was all, 'um..it's a,' and I must've paused too long because then she interrupted me and exclaimed, "It's a barracuda!" We want barracudas to work for us, Annie. Are you a barracuda?' And all I could think of was the song.

M: Heart!

A: Yeah. And so I think I nodded. I don't know. But after that she told me that she was looking for someone with more experience for this entry level job. I told her that I was perfect for the position and that I could definitely do a good job, even though I didn't have a lot of experience. She said she'd get back to me, but I don't know.. I wrote her a thank you note -I could really use this job - and I said something like, 'It was great meeting you! I can't wait to be your barracuda."

M: (Laughing really hard)

A: Yep. At least I got a good story out of it.. Maybe I should go to grad school.

7 comments:

Rummuser said...

I have successfully tackled many interviews, but this is a new one on me! A barracuda? In a work place? What do they do there? Loan sharking?

Antz in Yer Pantz said...

Hilarious! You captured the essence of that bizarre interview.
- Barracuda (Annie)

Conrad said...

I'd definitely hire Annie before I would the interviewer!

Pam said...

Annie might want to reconsider working in this fish tank. Especially if the artist would be her direct boss. *shiver*

gaelikaa said...

Now I can read your captcha as I've changed my browser.

Ginger, I love your new layout. It is wonderful.

Everyday conversations give us a lot of material for reflection and writing.

K A B L O O E Y said...

Hope Annie gets a raise and stays put. And Ginger, the new look is great. I loved your old header too, but the new one's beautiful.

Grannymar said...

I have heard of a fishy story but never a fishy interview. I hope Annie has a good catch very soon!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Oooooh...

In the twenty minutes I had today between school and picking up Jack, I stopped at my favorite coffee spot for a much needed pick-me-up. One of my favorite barristas, Annie, was working. Here was our conversation:

Annie: Hey! How's it going?

Me: The usual. You?

A: Nothing to report, really.. Well actually, I had an interview for a grown-up person job.

M: Oh really? How'd it go?

A: Not too well, I don't think..

M: What? Why?

A: Well, the interviewer was..um.. different.

M: What do you mean?

A: First of all, she did most of the talking and hardly asked any questions.

M: Not a great interviewing strategy..

A: Yeah. And when she did ask questions, they were weird ones like, 'Have you ever had a fish?' and I was like, 'Uh.. no..' and then she asked, 'Well you know what a fish looks like, right?' and I was all, 'sure', wondering where she was going. Then she took out a piece a paper and started drawing. Can I use your receipt? So on one side of the paper she drew this (drawing a fish-like scribble with teeth - totally abstract), and then asked, 'Do you know what this is?' 'Er, a piranha?' I answered. And she was like, 'Actually it's a Great White Shark.' And then on the other side of the paper she drew this (drawing another fish-like being made mostly of squares) and then she asked, 'Do you know what this is?' 'A clown fish?" I guessed. 'No. It's an angel fish. Here at our company we do NOT want a shark, nor do we want an angel fish! We want this (and she drew another fish scribble in between that looked a lot like the first fish). What do you think this one is, Annie?' And I was all, 'um..it's a,' and I must've paused too long because then she interrupted me and exclaimed, "It's a barracuda!" We want barracudas to work for us, Annie. Are you a barracuda?' And all I could think of was the song.

M: Heart!

A: Yeah. And so I think I nodded. I don't know. But after that she told me that she was looking for someone with more experience for this entry level job. I told her that I was perfect for the position and that I could definitely do a good job, even though I didn't have a lot of experience. She said she'd get back to me, but I don't know.. I wrote her a thank you note -I could really use this job - and I said something like, 'It was great meeting you! I can't wait to be your barracuda."

M: (Laughing really hard)

A: Yep. At least I got a good story out of it.. Maybe I should go to grad school.

7 comments:

Rummuser said...

I have successfully tackled many interviews, but this is a new one on me! A barracuda? In a work place? What do they do there? Loan sharking?

Antz in Yer Pantz said...

Hilarious! You captured the essence of that bizarre interview.
- Barracuda (Annie)

Conrad said...

I'd definitely hire Annie before I would the interviewer!

Pam said...

Annie might want to reconsider working in this fish tank. Especially if the artist would be her direct boss. *shiver*

gaelikaa said...

Now I can read your captcha as I've changed my browser.

Ginger, I love your new layout. It is wonderful.

Everyday conversations give us a lot of material for reflection and writing.

K A B L O O E Y said...

Hope Annie gets a raise and stays put. And Ginger, the new look is great. I loved your old header too, but the new one's beautiful.

Grannymar said...

I have heard of a fishy story but never a fishy interview. I hope Annie has a good catch very soon!