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Old Jun 9th 2012, 7:49 am
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The "what are your weaknesses" thread made me think of this one. It reminded me of the time I was interviewed by representatives from Abu Dhabi Media (who had NO real idea what I did.)

Towards the end of the extremely long and painful process the PM turned to me and said:

"what would you do if you were stranded on a desert island?"

I thought it was hilarious, and so apt. There we all were, sitting in the middle of an island in the desert... I couldn't stop laughing.
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The "what are your weaknesses" thread made me think of this one. It reminded me of the time I was interviewed by representatives from Abu Dhabi Media (who had NO real idea what I did.)

Towards the end of the extremely long and painful process the PM turned to me and said:

"what would you do if you were stranded on a desert island?"

I thought it was hilarious, and so apt. There we all were, sitting in the middle of an island in the desert... I couldn't stop laughing.
Did you get the job?
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going for a job in Glasgow...

interviewer (and now my good friend). 'What football team do you support?'

Clearly another way of asking "are you to be trusted or one of them"

I got the job.

Yup, HR were present during the interview.
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The "what are your weaknesses" thread made me think of this one. It reminded me of the time I was interviewed by representatives from Abu Dhabi Media (who had NO real idea what I did.)

Towards the end of the extremely long and painful process the PM turned to me and said:

"what would you do if you were stranded on a desert island?"

I thought it was hilarious, and so apt. There we all were, sitting in the middle of an island in the desert... I couldn't stop laughing.
what do you say? I assume 'set up a media operation' is the only answer...
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Rangers or Celtic?
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Originally Posted by lullabelle View Post
The "what are your weaknesses" thread made me think of this one. It reminded me of the time I was interviewed by representatives from Abu Dhabi Media (who had NO real idea what I did.)

Towards the end of the extremely long and painful process the PM turned to me and said:

"what would you do if you were stranded on a desert island?"

I thought it was hilarious, and so apt. There we all were, sitting in the middle of an island in the desert... I couldn't stop laughing.
I suppose "Die of dehydration" might be considered a touch negative?
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Do you work weekends?
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There wasn't a job...

Them: do you have any questions?
Me: yes, are you interviewing me for a job? Is there a job? You've called in three of us and we're confused.
them: no, we are just interviewing people with unusual CV's
Me: oh? So can I ask why my cv is unusual?
Them: it is grey. And green.*
Me: ahhhhhh.

Their very first question was "tell us about your school." I've never had an interview like it. Usually in my work they just hone in on the last few things you've done, watch your showreel and then discuss terms. Usually you're not even interviewed as jobs come through contacts.

One of the women was supposedly an experienced production manager, yet she refused to believe me that shows are live.

Her: you say this programme was live for three and half hours?
Me: yes, split into three distinct parts, but all live.
Her: not possible. No.
Me: and that was five days a week.
Her: no, impossible.

Surreal.




*very pale grey with a pale lime green line. Very understated. Really not very unusual at all.
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Rangers or Celtic?
Partick thistle or Clyde
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"What are you doing after this?" Said with a glint in his eye. I went home alone but did date him for a bit 6 months later until i discovered he had a girlfriend. Nice bloke
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Male doctor interviewing me: "So, I worked out by when you finished school that you're 28"
Me: "Yes. Does my age matter?"
Him: "No, not really. I was just wondering...I'm 56, you're 28. How many times do you figure 56 gets into 28?"
Me: "Not sure. Math was never my strong suit so maybe we could phone your wife to see whether she's able to answer that one for us"

I worked for him for 5 years.
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Male doctor interviewing me: "So, I worked out by when you finished school that you're 28"
Me: "Yes. Does my age matter?"
Him: "No, not really. I was just wondering...I'm 56, you're 28. How many times do you figure 56 gets into 28?"
Me: "Not sure. Math was never my strong suit so maybe we could phone your wife to see whether she's able to answer that one for us"

I worked for him for 5 years.
Bad question, good answer. Did that shut him up for five years? Or was the question towards the end?
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Partick thistle or Clyde
Abu Dhabi Thistle

We'll be coming down the road...etc
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Bad question, good answer. Did that shut him up for five years? Or was the question towards the end?
I discovered that he had the best sense of humour of anyone I've ever known. He was the quintessential dirty old man, but I loved him.

He and his wife were the most generous people anywhere. For example, when my first husband and I split they furnished my new apartment for me; everything from a lounge suite to cutlery to towels.

Once I drove his wife to the dentist (he gave me the day off with pay to take her). As we were walking to the car we passed a very high end jewelers shop and I admired a silver chain in the window. A couple of days later the boss came in with a box from Birk's and simply said "My wife said you might like this". Inside was the chain.
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A couple of days later the boss came in with a box from Birk's and simply said "My wife said you might like this". Inside was the chain.
So how many times did 56 go into 28 after that?
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