Tuesday, 7 October 2008


Feedback from the latest job interview...

"His estimated verbal critical reasoning ability is well above average when compared to a Banking, Finance and Professional Services 2006 comparison group. His result is better than 99% of the people in this group. This suggests that he will display an exceptional level of ability in understand and evaluating written reports and documents.

He needed to display a more proactive approach and have a more active contribution to the team discussions".

i.e. I'm a geek. TY.

Well, I come across as a quiet, calm, objective, laid-back kind of a person. Works for me. But this is the third job interview in five months where it has not worked for me.

Any beautiful submissivettes reading this and willing to boost the economy in these troubled times by teaching me Domineering and getting me and my superlative talents back into productive work?

Nope? Maybe I should buy a fluffy puppy

and shout at it and kick it around the floor for a week or two.

A real puppy would be better for the yelps of pain and stuff.

Hmmm. Any of you Trappist monasteries out there needing a Project Manager?


Mad Dog said...

Hmmm, I have a nasty feeling that this "feedback" might be an excuse for ageism How on earth can objective assessments be made of team discussions in an interview environment? Keep plugging away...

Chertiozhnik said...

I've found out that the guy who got the job (and contributed near 0 to the discussions) was an internal appointment, so probably the word "cheaper" applies.

And that's the second time I know about I've been undercut.

"Will work for cigs'n'sarnies." My new strapline.

Mad Dog said...

Ah, you were the gratuitous outsider brought in to make the process look kosher. It's very difficult to beat internal candidates.

Don't get dispirited: tenacity is key here...

nursemyra said...

except for the last sentence that reads like the same wording of a work personality test I submitted to at the gimcrack.

oh, and except for the 99%.

(submitted to.....)

Chertiozhnik said...

Rats and buggery, Mr MD, so I was just an attendant lord (one that will do | to swell a progress, start a scene or two)? Buggery and rats. Next time I will insist on an echt interview, and have a few tenaces* up m'sleeve just in case.

Chertiozhnik said...

It was the last sentence, Nurse Myra, which mattered I suspect.

As in Life Itself.

F'rinstance "and from there to a place of execution where you will be hanged by the neck until you are dead..." would be a particularly poo last sentence in any employment assessment exercise.

The following "...and thereafter your body buried within the precincts of the prison and may the Lord have mercy upon your soul" being a bit of logistical trifling.

Chertiozhnik said...

*tenace [hence, tenacity]...

"A combination of two high cards of the same suit separated by two degrees, such as the king and jack of hearts, especially in a bridge or whist hand."

Best stowed at the back of the shirt collar, in the sleeve or trouser cuffs, in the shoe heels, underneath your corner of the Monopoly board &c &c, and all of these at once if you can afford that many packs of Waddingtons cards.

Often stowed in combination with the switchblades, Derringer pistols, brass knuckles, pepper sprays &c &c which put the tenacity into tenace.

Not to be confused with "tenancy", "tannery" &c &c.

Chertiozhnik said...

And back to Nurse Myra again, what was the last sentence you got at the Gimcrack?

"Entirely effective and active contribution to the team discussions; proactively killed next best candidates with 1 salvo from ducksfoot pistol concealed in executive marker pen holder"?

Not that I'm bitter or jealous.

Heather said...

Ah - I agree with Mad Dog - one cannot beat the internal candidate. Persevere. Or you could just hop across the pond - we're certainly going to be on a barter system soon, no need for working or money. Just a Jean Valjean like fortitude.

And no fair posting pictures of shoe that I want.

Heather said...

That would be "shoes" btw.

Chertiozhnik said...

Guess I don't have it as tough as Jean, but then nobody's given me a stash of silver.