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Friday 13 January 2012


Job interview.
Going O.K.
So far so good.
Not great. No worse
than I'd expected -
seeing how I lack experience
and could do with more
certificates and paper stuff.
And interview experience -
well, that's why I am here:
another interview next week -
that's for the post I really want.
Fingers crossed,
today might help out there.

The final question -
I feel it coming in my bones. The chair
psyches herself up for it.
"I must ask this: your shirt...
was it your wife who chose it for you?"
"Who bought it for me!" I reply.
"My daughter bought the tie!"
She smiles and offers me the post.
It's not the one I'd hoped for -
but I take it like a shot!

Thursday Think Tank at Poets United suggested the topic "Choice" for this week.


Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...


Very clever and only goes to show how second best is usually what we have to 'run with.'
As for shirts and ties.....you can never have enough!!!


Tabor said...

Humanizing the job interview. Not always easy!

Daydreamertoo said...

Congratulations on the job, it may be what leads you to the one you want. Good luck, and thanks for visiting my blog and such a lovely comment. :)

Laurie Kolp said...

I think your wife and daughter brought you luck... congratulations!

RJ Clarken said...

Wow - what a super take on the prompt. Good luck with the new job! ☼

Windsmoke. said...

Very enjoyable poem on job interviews :-).

Cloudia said...

Dave, I've always emphasized the 'paper stuff' and good answers; but have learned at last that it is being a person that they feel comfortable being human with.

What a pleasure & privilege to read your blog

Aloha from Waikiki
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Mary said...

I really enjoyed the last question, the human one, the one after which the two could probably just relax and smile!

Ygraine said...

I think it was the impression you gave of being prepared to defer to the tastes and opinions of the female sex that cinched it!

Judy Roney said...

What a fun piece to read. I didn't suspect where it would go but love the ending!That last question is the one the interviewer and interviewee will likely always remember. :)


Dave King said...

Fortunately, I never had cause to regret the decision.

I think they have dehumanised it since I retired.

I suppose actually it was the one I didn't think I had a chance of getting, so was treating it as practice, mu focus being on the next one which more nearly matched my experience and qualifications.

They did too. Thanks.

It's way back in the dimand distant past now, I'm afraid, but thanks anyway - and a warm welcome to you. Good to have you visiting.

Thanks. Appreciate that.

I'm sure you are right - in your first paragraoh at least! Thanks a lot.

Absolutely right, yes.

Well, if I say that the chairlady was something of a harridan... but still, you may be right.

I think so, yes. Thanks for your observation. It's good to have you visiting.