Employee of the Month

Scene: Job interview at Hypothetical Honesty Office & Co.

Important Company Person: Hello! Thank you for coming in for this interview today. Your resume is quite impressive.

Applicant: Thank you for inviting me! No one is posting jobs that I’m qualified for, so my resume is a complete work of fiction that highlights my creative writing and improvisational skills. 

ICP: Indeed! Now let’s get down to business. We want someone who is willing to work hard for a small amount of money so that the higher ups can work less and make a fortune. We could hire anyone we wanted to come in and do this generic office position, but we want someone with practical skills, so I’m going to ask you a few important questions. Ready?

A: Does this involve a drug test?

ICP: No.

A: Then yes, let’s begin.

ICP: You have CEO listed on your resume. Can you explain what those duties entailed?

A: Well, CEO means “Cleaner of External Objects” to me.  And as CEO, I always replace the empty roll of paper towel in the kitchen or bathroom, as I know that’s a hard skill to master. I also place my dirty coffee cup IN the sink and then wash it instead of placing it NEXT to the sink and leaving it for an imaginary maid.

And at my last job,  I had to fix the running toilet in the office bathroom. Does that make me a hero? Not for me to say. But probably.

ICP: Impressive and noted—with a smiley face! Now it’s a proven fact that the first 10 minutes of any conference call are spent watching people try and figure out how to set up the conference call. How do you deal with a) phones and b) meetings.

A: I’m more terrified of a ringing phone than I am of a fire alarm, so I let all calls go directly to a voicemail that I never check. And any invitations to attend a webinar or meeting longer than an hour will result in me decoupaging a flask for my desk or faking my death.

ICP: Look at you, Martha Stewart with your crafts! Next question. The other day I yelled, “Don’t you know who I am?” at the printer. Apparently it does, which would be why it jammed. How would handle that scenario?

A: I would do a little karate yell while trying to unjam said copy machine. Not sure it would help, but I’m feeling pretty confident it would.

ICP: Confidence is key. We want our employees to be as assertive as the Adobe Acrobat update reminders.

A: And there was one time I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and then “Eye of the Tiger” popped into my head. Long story short, I weaponized my stapler.

ICP: Random, but impressive, as I often use music to soothe me as well. When a pen runs out, I like to sing “Circle of Life” ceremoniously before placing it gently in the trash. We live in crazy times, don’t we? Speaking of crazy, how do you deal with coworker interaction?

A: Well, my 30s have been less about “finding myself” and more about “finding ways to avoid awkward chit-chat.” So every Monday I would handle general “How was your weekend?” inquiries by making flashcards stating: “Weekend was great!” “Weather is wonderful!” “Can’t believe it’s Monday!” It would cut down on talking by 25 percent.

ICP: Brilliant! I love that idea! It would not only increase productivity and profits, but also reduce stress. Of course you know I will claim it as my own and never give you the credit.

A: Understood. I will also passive aggressively update my Facebook status with a vague reference to that fact.

ICP: I wouldn’t expect anything less! Welcome aboard.

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31 responses to “Employee of the Month

  1. You’re hired! I always wanted three of us here to ignore the phone like it emitted mustard gas with every ring…

  2. WOOHOO! I fear the phone and hate the copier. The office is out to get you, yo.

  3. ‘I’m more terrified of a ringing phone than I am of a fire alarm’…all of my missed calls get immediate responses- a message that says Text me, dummy…

  4. ladyestrogen

    Having Modge Podge at your desk for the off chance of a decoupaging opportunity is a TRUE sign of a genius. You’re HIRED.

  5. Laughing hysterically at “Eye of the Tiger” and weaponizing the stapler! OMG!

  6. Oh my god I need how was your weekend cards! Actually I need how was Morocco cards. My most asked hardest to answer question. This post was hilarious!

  7. Holy crap! This is brilliant. You are too funny. Must share everywhere, whether you like it or not.

  8. Brilliant, as usual. I can relate a little too well to this, I’m afraid.

  9. Staplers are a form of much needed defense in today’s workplace.

  10. back in my accounting days, I had the letters CFO in my title. my friend always said it meant “chill the eff out”. I guess I was a bit high strung back then…

  11. I love how this is a recap from your amazing tweets and FB updates! ❤

  12. Hysterical (“weaponized my stapler” – who hasn’t done this?)

  13. The flashcards are a great idea – and think of all the other practical uses for them. Brilliant! I wonder how you would answer the, “What is your biggest weakness?” question. At my next interview, I’m just going to say, “gummy bears.”

  14. So if I have confidence, I’m good to go? Making up a resume now!

  15. May I just rattle around in your brain for a few days? This is hysterical.

  16. I would totally hire you. I’d regret it, but I’d do it anyway.

  17. You just gave me horrible flashbacks to the time I had to set up a conference call with some veeeeery important people. Not my finest hour. I remember screaming, “I’m a journalist, not a receptionist!” haha

  18. Hahaha this is brilliant! xx

  19. Loved it. Assertive incompetence is always an attractive quality in a job or romantic application

  20. I played Eye of the Tiger at my wedding as the song for when you enter for the 1st time as husband & wife. I felt it really expressed the journey to that moment & was a victory. We DID it. We really did it! And I too have written of flasks lately. In fact, that’s what I want for Mother’s Day. Hope I get it. And I hope you get the job b/c you are certainly well qualified. Love the Karate yell to fix the copier & the flash cards.

    • I’m lucky I haven’t had to interview in years and that this is highly hypothetical. I also love that you played a Rocky song at your wedding. Gold star!

  21. “I’m more terrified of a ringing phone than I am of a fire alarm, so I let all calls go directly to a voicemail that I never check. And any invitations to attend a webinar or meeting longer than an hour will result in me decoupaging a flask for my desk or faking my death.”

    I laughed SOOOO hard while reading that paragraph – I may have peed a little.

  22. this is brilliant as per usual. I also despise Outlook invitations for events so I ignore them. Theres a permanent red number on my calendar on my ipone.

    i also refuse to listen to voicemails and make my secretary do it and email the messages

    these are more reasons we would be friends

  23. New follower here.
    Absolutely hilarious post.

    I understand that this is a hypothetical situation, 😉 but I think I just may have to try this on my next interview. With a straight face of course. I’ll let you know how it goes. Who knows? I might actually get hired!

    If not, it makes for a hilarious story. For myself and the interviewer.
    I’ll do pretty much anything for a laugh, even if it’s completely inappropriate…especially if it’s completely inappropriate.

    • Welcome to the nut house! Thanks for stopping by, and let’s be honest. If you were hiring someone, wouldn’t you want them to make you laugh? 😉 I’m going to come to you for a reference next time.

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