April 30th, 2004

amused, silly, ha ha only serious

Shark Tank: And what would you say is your weak point?

Manager asks this techie pilot fish to sit in on the interview of an applicant for a new technician position.

And what an applicant. "The candidate is a rather large person with short-cropped hair, who is wearing a suit that appears to be too tight," fish reports. "He's sitting ramrod straight with his resume in front of him and arms by his sides.

But when fish and the manager walk into the room, he leaps to his feet and remains standing until the manager invites him to sit down.

Fish looks at the resume. "Oh, I see you just got out of the Marines, where you've been for the last 20 years," he says.

"SIR! YES SIR!" the job candidate barks. "I have been the IT person in the Marines for 10 years!"

While the manager climbs back into her chair, fish asks, "Uh, what did you do?"

"Sir! I would jump out of a plane to our new location and run the cabling for our systems!" says candidate.

"Uh, OK," says fish. "Let's go through a few scenarios. We have a unique situation where a lot of engineering users can be rather difficult to work with, since they feel they are very knowledgeable. How do you handle conflict when an engineer is being rather difficult?"

Candidate turns, leans down and, with an intimidating glare and an icy voice, says, "I usually do not have problems getting people to see things my way."

And that's it for the interview. "The manager quickly asks some fluff questions and gets HR to show the candidate out," says fish.

"I thought it would be fun to hire him -- just to turn him loose on a few of our more difficult users."
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