You know that youve learned something about interviewing if you can laugh about how youve done it. Steven Savage can (stevensavage.com).
A project manager and former programmer, Savage interviewed in a company where hed be managing a documentation project. He was hyped for it, because Id always coped with bad documentation, he says. When asked why I wanted it, I responded essentially that my motivation was revenge on bad documentation.
A pause and a chuckle from the interviewer made it appear as if Savage had a chance. Turned out, the guy didnt laugh enough to want to hire him.
Savage must really have wanted to work at one company, because he interviewed three times in a two-year period, each time to new people in the HR department. Hes still hoping for a job there, it appears, because he reports, No one remembers who I am. Probably explains something ... Could that something be that the company is unstable?
With Savage as a last name, some employers link him to celebrities. I actually have memorized the histories of different famous Savages and if anyone jokes about my name, I then recite the truths in turn, he remarks. It always makes me memorable.