A Low-Down, Dirty Trick
it comes to personal job interview challenges this would have to be near the top
of the list.
Many years ago I was interviewing for a producer-director position at a
medium-sized TV station.
I won't say where.
After meeting numerous people, I eventually found myself sitting in the TV
station manager's office for what I was told was the last stop on my interview
circuit. (He had the final say.)
The office was large and he had a equally large desk with an impressive leather
chair behind it. But on this day there was only one other chair in his office
and it was sitting well back from his desk. I thought that was a bit odd, but,
then again, I didn't know the guy or his interior decorating preferences. But if
the chair stayed where it was I would have had to almost shout to be heard.
When I started to sit down, he said, "Pull your chair up, so we can talk."
You wouldn't think that would be a problem, except he had seriously entangled
one caster of the chair in the edge of the rug so the chair couldn't be moved.
It took me a few seconds to see what the problem was. But the only way to solve
it was to get down on my hands and knees (in my freshly-cleaned and pressed
suit) and spend a bit of time untangling the chair caster from the rug.
I noticed that he didn't apologize for the "rug malfunction" or offer to help.
He just sat back and watched.
You've probably figured out by now that this was his little "stress test." Had I
freaked out, given up, or said something like, "Sorry, the chair won't move," or "I can't
seem to move this @#$%&* chair, I would have probably flunked his little test. I
had to recognize the problem and fix it.
I did, and I got the job. Fortunately, the rest of the staff wasn't as
underhanded in doing things and I found my work there rewarding.
I might add that this station manager was eventually "let go" for unspecified
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