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Career-Life Times, Issue #43--'Twas the Night Before the Interview
December 11, 2007
Seasons Greetings

Issue 43, December 11, 2007

Ready to GET HIRED, GET NOTICED, and GET AHEAD? Read on...

In This Issue:

  • ‘Twas the Night Before the Interview
  • Resources
  • Worth Quoting
  • Just for Laughs

    Hello, friends! This is a much shorter-than-usual edition. We’re all so busy this time of year, I didn’t want to take up much of your time. But I also wanted you to know I’m thinking of you!

    I hope you all enjoy this mini-version, have a wonderful holiday season, and a fantastic new year in 2008!

    ‘Twas the Night Before the Interview

    ‘Twas the night before the interview, when all through my head,
    I practiced my answers, as I lay there in bed.

    My suit had been chosen with the greatest of care,
    In knowing I’d be judged on the outfit I wear.

    My husband was nestled all snug in our bed,
    While visions of more income danced in his head.

    The two of us, plus the cat on my lap,
    Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

    When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

    As the cat went flying and let out a hiss,
    I ran to the window to see what was amiss.

    Off the hood of my Mustang, the reflected moonlight,
    Enabled me to see what was there in the night.

    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
    But a big conference table, and two chairs pulled near.

    With a hiring manager, so lively and quick,
    My interview had come! I felt kind of sick.

    He had a broad face and a little round belly,
    That shook when he scowled, like a bowlful of jelly.

    After shaking my hand, mispronouncing my name,
    More rapid than eagles, his questions they came.

    “What knowledge, what strengths, what skills can you boast?
    What makes you think you’re better than most?”

    His manner was forceful and scared me to death,
    So I paused for a moment and took a deep breath.

    Then I smiled as I told him a story or two,
    About my experience and what I could do,

    I described how I’d worked well in various roles,
    And how I would help him to meet all his goals.

    His eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
    When he smiled like that, he wasn’t so scary.

    I felt so glad I’d known just what to say,
    My preparation and practice had won the day!

    “You’re terrific,” he said, “and so very smart.
    Just tell me one thing: when can you start?”

    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
    And I laughed when I answered, in spite of myself.

    He nodded in agreement, and went straight to work,
    Handed me a written offer; then turned with a jerk.

    And laying his finger aside of his nose,
    And giving a nod, from the big chair he rose;

    He walked to his limo, his chauffer got the door,
    Then away he went, ‘til I could see him no more.

    But I heard him exclaim, as I touched my door knob,
    "Happy interviews to all, and to all a great job!"


    More Articles. You can find more articles on my website by clicking on Article Index.

    Here are three new articles you might enjoy:

    6 New Year’s Resolutions to Catapult Your Job Search in 2008

    Good Things Come to Those Who Ask

    Fun and Easy Home Businesses to Make Money Fast - Both Online and Offline

    Job Interview Success System. Would you like a great new job in 2008? Start preparing for it now with my guaranteed step-by-step system for helping you ace a job interview. See the details here: Job Interview Success System.

    Worth Quoting

    "Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.”
    (Robert H. Schuller)

    Just for Laughs

    Exercise for Women Over 50

    Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

    After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato sacks. Then try 50-lb potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

    After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

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