Interview Hell

Started off today interviewing students for the summer session which isn’t too bad as some of them can be quite interesting.  It’s when you get the deadpan ones that answer every question in a monotonous monosyllabic tone that your mind tends to wander off to your next vacation, what to eat for lunch, state of the world economics, etc.  I was in a semi-comatose fog by the time the 4th student arrived, however once he entered the room I was wide awake and wishing for an oxygen tank.  Wearing cologne is nice, and can smell wonderful when put on in appropriate amounts.  This guy chose to marinate himself in ¾ of the bottle for the interview.  It was the longest 15 minutes I’ve endured in a long time.  My eyes were watering, my throat closed up and my nose felt like there was a midget with a blow torch in it.    I went outside afterwards just to clear my head, nose, throat and eyeballs.   Chances are I’ll hire the perfume-free girl with no experience because she looked eager and willing to learn.  In the monotonous job of testing, one needs personality to survive.


For lunch I went to the local pet supply store because my daughter was running low on hamster food, the bird was running out of seed and frankly the drive would further clear out any lingering cologne effects.   As I was walking through the store, the cashier came running up to me ‘I’ve been waiting for you to come back in since last year!!!”  and then hands me $22 and a lottery ticket stub.  I’m kind of dumbfounded at this point and she went on to explain that when I went into the store at some point last year before Christmas, she didn’t have all my change for the purchases I had made (came up to about 2 bucks), so I said to her, don’t worry about it when you do get it just go out and buy a lottery ticket with it, so she did and we apparently won $44.   I’m still kinda dumbfounded, but it’s nice to know there are people like that out there.. 


I’ve had better luck with a complete stranger with  a lottery than I have with the local office pool!


Well, break time is over, back to the grind!


  1. You mean you are not supposed to use the whole bottle of cologne each day? Wow.

  2. Kat - she's been marked on my #1 choice for my intern.

    We like hiring females, because as engineering students, there aren't many of them.

    Laoch - I'm sure he'd be devastated if he knew he screwed up on that one. He was a bit big-headed too since he comes from a family of engineers and his father and his grandfather before him and I could see him coming in to the lab and trying to rewrite all our test plans.


Leave me some grey matter.