Saturday January 31, 2004

Interview NewSenses

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Senses ]

Nightmare.

You go to a job interview and they have you seated in a waiting room for over an hour. In this room there's a water cooler, a coffee machine, some magazines, candies, crackers, 5 other candidates and the receptionist. It's the end of the day, you're tired, really hungry and you have a headache.

[taste]:: You're so hungry you can actually hear your stomach. There are the crackers and the candies, the coffee machine and the water cooler. All this across the room and the place is really silent. You don't know how longer you'll have to wait. Do you prefer being very hungry with a headache or go grab some crackers and candies, maybe coffee and water?

[touch]:: Let's say you decided to go for the crackers and candies, because you were really starving. How many do you grab? How much is just enough in a situation like this?

[sight]:: After an hour, you have already looked at all magazines from 1995, your eyes have scanned the room a hundred times and you're having trouble keeping them open, being as tired as you are. All the other candidates are already gone. What do you do to avoid falling asleep?

[smell]:: You are finally called in to your interview. The interviewer hasn't said a word yet and instead is looking at some papers, maybe your resume. You're just sitting there and a secretary comes in, puts some papers on the desk, says something quick to the interviewer and leaves. The second she's gone, you smell something funny and, boy, it stinks big time... It wasn't you, but you're sure the interviewer can smell it too and if it wasn't him, he might be thinking it was you or the secretary. What do you do? Do you say anything?

[hearing]:: The interviewer finally opens his mouth. This guy looks really scary and intimidating, but the second he starts talking, you feel an uncontrollable urge to laugh: he talks very fast and has a funny voice that contrasts with his physical appearance. You know you shouldn't laugh, but you can't help it and a giggle slips out. How do you handle this?

[taste]:: Do you prefer being very hungry with a headache or go grab some crackers and candies, maybe coffee and water?
I'd definitely get some water. I always carry aspirin with me and I'd take those. Water from the water cooler would also quell my stomach. If things were desperate, I'd probably go for a cup of coffee with sugar and cream to settle both the headache and the stomach.

[touch]:: How much is just enough in a situation like this?
One is "just enough" (with the coffee and/or the water).

[sight]:: What do you do to avoid falling asleep?
"Meditate". Sit up straight, stare into the middle distance and plan next week's grocery list. Get out a pad and pen (this is an interview, right? You definitely have brought a pad and pen) and make notes. Even if you're actually doing a character study of the receptionist, or writing a letter to the editor of your newspaper, you'll look professional and you'll stay awake.

[smell]:: What do you do? Do you say anything?
Keep your mouth shut and breathe shallowly. Remain professional (you're the only one here who has a hope of remaining professional; everyone else has already lost that contest). If the interviewer says anything about it, you smile and shake your head. Unless you believe there's a gas leak, there's nothing out of the ordinary.

[hearing]:: You know you shouldn't laugh, but you can't help it and a giggle slips out. How do you handle this?
Cough. If necessary, get a small coughing fit and excuse yourself for more water. Then apologize (for coughing).

By the way, just how badly do you really want this job, anyway?

Interview NewSenses ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 31 Jan, 14:55 Pacific | «e»