January 20, 2006

Interviews, projects and general silliness

As some of you may know, this week was my official "week of interviews". On Wednesday I travelled for a total of 5 hours for a 30 minute interview with Nationwide, which I was basically treating as a practice for later ones. It went extremely well, the woman who I spoke to was very nice, and I'm going to get another hotel stay out of it on the 21st Feb for the final round.

To be close for my IBM interview I went up to London last night to stay with my brother. It was really good catching up with him, including finding out that the programme series he researched over the summer ("Penis Envy") is being shown Mon-Weds week 5 on channel 4 in the evenings. I'm not sure if he's told my parents he's done this yet, it features a special on the depressed man with the world's biggest member and one on John Bobbit (the guy who had his penis chopped off and thrown out the window). The project he's working on at the moment (my brother, not Mr Bobbit) is "This Is A Knife" and should be available to view online soon at www.channel4.com/thisisaknife. He's producer/director for it, so it's a bit more of his work…

Anyway, on to the interview. I got up this morning, got to the office at 8:30, waited round until 9:30, had a quick introduction to the day and then started the group exercise. This is where it all started to go horribly, horribly wrong. In my group of 4, there was one guy who was pretty bright, one who was quite nice, and one who was the most annoying guy in the world. Ever. Every time anyone came up with a suggestion he just shot them down, and put his own way across and refused to change. As we were supposed to work as a team and had a tight deadline, we ended up having to do it his way, and got nowhere. I made more suggestions and they kept on getting knocked down. I of course should probably must take some of the blame for not being assertive enough to get my ideas across, and not helping him more while I felt we were going in circles, but it's nice to blame someone else :-).

The rest of the morning went pretty well, with aptitude tests and some very nice cups of tea. When it got to them announcing who was staying for interviews I was feeling a bit more optimistic, but they only asked 1 of the 8 of us to stay. Basically, anyone in my group failed at the group stage and generally on one of the tests, and 3 out of the 4 others failed the numeracy tests. I'm pretty pleased that I was one of the only two who passed all the aptitude tests, and it's not the end of the world that I didn't get the job, but I'm still not too happy. I should have been more assertive in the group exercise…

Ah well.

Anyhow, that was my week. Typical that I get through without much pain on the job I'm not too fussed about, and fail miserably at the one I want. It's just the way the cookie crumbles I guess.

Just needed to write that down to clear my head. Just one more thing to get out of my system now:

Arse, shite, bugger, feck, grr.

Much better.

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  1. "Most Annoying Person In The World Ever.." Nono that person definately wasn't with you Sam, maybe the second most. I know exactly where the MOST annoying person was, and Ant will back me up…

    20 Jan 2006, 16:43

  2. Oh and sorry bout the interview going badly, but at least it wasn't like everyone but you got through or anything.

    20 Jan 2006, 16:47

  3. Hope you're not talking about who I think you're talking about Geoff…

    Sorry to hear you didn't get IBM :(. I'd say something trite like "better luck next time" but I really doubt that would cheer you up, so I'll just offer you a hug instead

    20 Jan 2006, 18:12

  4. Bad luck Sam, that sounds like a really crap thing to happen. It's a shame they couldn't see that this guy was ruining it for the rest of your group – it's not fair. But just be persistent and eventually you'll get your dream job – I promise. You're too intelligent/nice and interesting not to.

    20 Jan 2006, 18:13

  5. Thanks for the support guys :-)

    Now I just need to decide whether I'd want to work for Nationwide if they offered me a job – and if not, what I want to do with my life. Standard question for most people at the moment it seems…

    20 Jan 2006, 20:01

  6. Do Medicine Sam! Thats what i'm doing… solves all my problems by putting them off for several more years…

    20 Jan 2006, 20:55

  7. Well, I have been known to throw up at the sight of blood… Apart from that, sounds good!

    20 Jan 2006, 21:07

  8. Unlucky, mate!

    Hope you're ok!

    Be excpecting a hug on monday…

    20 Jan 2006, 22:12

  9. Incidentally, I did try to put a hug in the message, but that didn't work, so [hug].

    Take your time. If you don't really want to work for Nationwide, then don't. You'll find something that you want to do, you just need to hang in there and keep trying. (Took my mum about 6 years, and she got there, so there's hope for us all!) :-)

    20 Jan 2006, 22:47

  10. Hax0r Geoff

    Manly Hugs For Sam, at least you've not been electronically chucked out the university!!

    20 Jan 2006, 23:40

  11. Sorry about the interview Sam, it sucks that one guy ruined it for the whole group. Just don't feel down about it, there're plenty other job opportunities out there!

    21 Jan 2006, 00:41

  12. Sorry to hear about that. You could just say 'screw it' and become a professional drummer instead. :-)

    Plus, the WO percussion section will all give you big hugs on Monday….and that's better than any job :-)

    21 Jan 2006, 12:32

  13. Gareth


    I wouldn't worry about them, to be honest you really don't want to work for them but I explain why over a beer and not on here. To make you feel better, they rejected me on their grad scheme even though I am still contracted to work for them until the summer. Least they are still paying me until then!

    All the best, Gareth

    22 Jan 2006, 17:16

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