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Today's "Well..." post...

April 16th, 2013 (11:33 am)

The interview has happened. I think it went okay. It's a long time since I was last interviewed for a job (10 years, indeed). Some of the questions were a bit...interesting - "can you think of an example where you've gone above and beyond the call of duty to help a colleague or patient?" for example. Erm...no. I tend to do the job, and then go home and forget it. So I ended up having to be a bit non-specific there. Apart from that it was okay, the interviewers were friendly, I hope I asked some intelligent questions, and they reckon I should hear by the end of today either way.

I still genuinely don't know whether I want to continue being employed here, or to just get made redundant. Point in favour of the former: continued job security, and, even though, it's down a couple of of pay grades from where I'm at right now, we're guaranteed pay protection for at least the first three years. Points in favour of the latter: 10 months tax free redundancy pay, not having to commute nearly two hours each day (more if the traffic's bad), and the possibility of starting my own business. Genuinely divided. I think I'll just take life as it comes...


Posted by: curiouswombat (curiouswombat)
Posted at: April 16th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)

That seems to be the sort of weird question they ask these days.

S2C was interviewed for a higher grade a few years ago and a couple of the questions were phrased 'Can you give us an example to illustrate that you've ...?'

They were very lucky that, with his very literal mind, he didn't just say 'Yes' - but he did, indeed, give an example of each situation they mentioned.

He didn't get the job, and asked for feedback. 'Ah', he was told, 'but when we asked you for an example you only gave us one each time, whereas the person who got the job gave us four or five each time.'

He had to bite his tongue to not ask 'What part of the concept of the single indefinite article do you not understand?'

Next time, he gave four examples every time they asked for one - and got the upgrade...

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