**The first part of this was written last night because I needed to set out rules in my head before attempting the James Bond/Skyfall related interview dare**
Ok folks…Since my last James Bond related interview mishap (and after setting up the subsequent vote for a quote for the next interview) I have managed to get four interviews (as I mentioned yesterday). Now, the interview that was initially going to be the one I used the winning quote in has been brought forward to tomorrow….tomorrow afternoon in fact! So I’m sticking with that one!
As such, I’ve decided to set out some rules:
1. The quotes can be used in response to ANY question asked in the course of the interview.
2. It MUST be in the interview room (anywhere outside of the room will void the quote).
3. The quote must ONLY be said to an interviewer (anyone else i.e. receptionists, voids the quote!).
4. The quote MUST be word-for-word perfect!
5. As there is more than one quote…they must BOTH be used in the same interview!
As a reminder – the winning quotes (as it was a tie with three votes each) are:
“What did you expect, an exploding pen?” (a Q quote…)
“She never tied me to a chair” (…and a Bond quote!)
(Yes gents….your quotes are equally awesome! Shocking huh?)
Let the mayhem commence!
The building soared up towards the pale blue sky, for once (by Lancashire‘s standards) it was clear…not a cloud, white or grey, to tarnish it.The Loki-motion was parked in the gravel ridden car park, I affectionately patted his bonnet as I headed towards the company reception to let him know that should I need a quick escape that every car around him was going to be pelted by little stones….so he wasn’t to make too many friends while I was gone.
I signed into reception, proudly gave my little car’s registration number so he wasn’t towed away, and then found myself seated in a small waiting area, complete with flat screen TV set to the BBC news channel and a glass table piled high with company booklets.
My interviewer collected me 40 minutes late…by that time I’d paced the waiting area mutliple times (causing a small hole in the flooring), adjusted my pin stripe suit multiple times (as I was suddenly aware that the top I was wearing was stretched rather tightly over my chest), and had even danced to the crappy elevator style music…multiple times!
We introduced ourselves, her PA took my huge winter coat and bag (as their policy said something about leaving “unknown” mobile devices such as a mobile phone or Sat-Nav in a certain room), and was escorted to the interviewer’s office.
She chatted through the job role, I explained my CV, she sipped her water, I downed mine (then needed a piss). Then we were onto the questions….this is the part you’re all dying to hear about right! Too sodding RIGHT!
Interviewer: “This is a high pressure job, there are alot of things you will need to juggle and prioritise…as a manager I would like to think you could come to me if you needed help with any of it, is that something you would do?”.
Me: “If there was ever a situation in which I felt uncomfortable completing a task, be it due to time constraints or lack of resources, I would definitely have no problem with asking for help or at least trying to plan out how the aspects would be better approached”.
Interviewer: “Your last job was very hectic with the looks of your CV, and according to the recruiter there was only yourself and your manager – is that correct?”
Me: “In the Human Resources department there was myself at a junior level, my manager who was based with me at head office and an adviser who we rarely saw but was always available to us should we need advice”.
Interviewer: “I have to ask, with the quite substantial workload you had – how did your manager manage to motivate you to complete your tasks?”
Me: “Well…She never tied me to a chair if that’s what you’re concerned about” (Bond quote SUCCESS! The interviewer let out such a laugh at that statement it gave me time to elaborate) “she was just very supportive, very open and honest, she would set time aside for me to discuss the schedule with her or to just generally have a chat when things seemed a bit overwhelming”.
Interviewer: “Excellent….so you were comfortable discussing when you feel you’d hit your boundaries?”
Me: “I’m only human and the workload I had was for at least three people! The odds of me making a mistake due to pure human error warranted me to be honest with her about my limitations….but I assure you, I have no problem with prioritising work or getting things done, and – “
The interviewer was scribbling notes, or trying to at least, her pen was running out and she was creating little swirls on my CV. I could feel myself wanting to giggle, I definitely had a smirk on my face…Loki himself must have been observing my antics today.
Me: “- do you need a pen?” I handed her an elegant blue metal pen I keep in my bag (transferred earlier to my suit jacket’s inner pocket!) for interview situations (I’m a biter, so I don’t carry biro’s in these circumstances).
Interviewer: “Thank you….oh how lovely! I love that blue! I should get one of these they look so professional”.
Me: “Yeah, they’re not too bad really!”
Interviewer: “It writes so well….” (she was happily scribbling away again) “It’s very different – It’s not like normal pens at all is it?”
Me: “What did you expect, an exploding pen? I’m afraid the place I got it from only had that type” (Q quote SUCCESS!).
Interviewer: “Exploding pens? Gosh ink would go everywhere wouldn’t it?”
Me: “It would indeed”.
It was so difficult to keep a straight face throughout the rest of the questions but hey ho -
Who thinks tomorrow’s interviews should involve Avengers Assemble quotes?
PS – today’s song of the day is:
Hoobastank – The Reason (Clever video for a lovely song from a wonderful band!)
Also – Blame Alison (of The Life and Writings of Sleepy Joe) and Kate (of Nested) for this….but, drum roll please, The Modfather is signed up to….
…No I’m not shitting you….yes I must need my head examined….Feel free to grab a cuppa and join me on yet another crazy ass month of blogging!