Friday, March 12, 2004

My friend is in a job interview. Senior, board level. Big chance. With the big cheese.

CEO: How good are you?

My friend: I don't have a problem selling myself, but I think it would be arrogant to respond to that

CEO:Only if you're wrong

[friendless banter]

CEO: How do I know you've not reached a plateau, shot your load? What would your referee say about you?

My friend: How do I know you've not spoken to him?

CEO: I haven't

[My friend talks about his strategic vision, sharp cost control, superlative people skills. The CEO listens.]

CEO: I have no idea who your referee is

[my friend subtley sells his referee]

CEO: But if he says that you're in

My friend: I must call him, then

The CEO doesn't flicker.

It's tough out there.

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