i interviewed today for office manager of utah valley pediatrics provo office. the interview went from bad to worse. i felt myself clamming up, the words echoed and rattled around my head, and they made no sense when i could finally mumble an answer. i felt like i had laundry answers all over again.
"so, tell me a challenge you had and how you overcame it."
mind blank. mind repeating question. mind counting clock ticking.
"well, once i had to prioritize loads of laundry and decide if i should do darks or lights first..."
"give me an example in the last 7 days that you had to multi-task; how did it go?"
"hello..i vacuum, do laundry, mop floors, and clean the bathroom all at the same time, while entertaining the birds..."
half-way through the interview, the administrator sat back in his chair, gave me a head to toe wary look, and asked, "so what is it you want to do?" i sort of crumpled, took a deep breath, and said, "gee, i guess i thought working as a medical assistant for 8 years and graduating with a bachelor's in community health while maintaining a 3.9 gpa would qualify me for something. oh, but i need to warn you, i don't match socks anymore--i just throw them in the drawer and find the match later when i need it." i guess that final sock comment clarified things for both of us...