Interview My Sweaty Pits

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  1. susan says:

    Good thing you didn’t waste that freshly ironed shirt, eh?

    (and I’m so glad to hear more about all that SPAM!)

  2. Hammer says:

    So many folks would have left with their tail between their legs.

    More people should follow that example.

  3. Diesel says:

    Great story. There is a line from the movie The Freshman that I really like: “There is a kind of freedom in being completely screwed.”

  4. Diesel says:

    Oh, and those weeds are what grow when I DON’T have a lawn. The only think I do to that ground is spray roundup on it. They’re evil, I tell you.

  5. Dorky Dad says:

    Never, ever waste a nicely ironed shirt.

    Wait. AUSTIN offered you double the salary over Colorado? But I guess they have to require people to pay double to live there …

    Anyway, I’ve given you an award.

  6. Shari says:

    And people complain about living on a teacher’s salary? That’s good money in my book.

    I can’t imagine how you pulled that off, but isn’t that what an interview is about? To ask unexpected questions to see how the interviewee answers it? Presentation? A panel of interviewers? I’m gone. 🙂 Gotta hand it to you-putting teaching experience to help you through it.

    BTW, good post.

  7. tracey says:

    If I could earn double the salary, I’d move to Spamtown, too. But earning double of nothing really doesn’t appeal to me… Guess I’ll put the iron away.

  8. Claire says:

    My ‘baby’ brother the Virginia english prof just got a new job at a college in PA. He was so excited when he told me all about it. He said, “…and I’ll never have to teach freshman composition again, woohoo!!!”
    I love your story. Press on.

  9. Star says:

    I came over from aa link on Dorky Dad.s blog. I really enjoyed the post. I felt like i was right there wth you. If i wasn’t already late for work I woud be reading some more. I’ll be sure to be back.

  10. Karen says:

    Oh Jocelyn, once again you have wowed me with one of your stories. Nothing like a good “tee hee…giggle…snort” to start my day.

    Spam and sweat. Two of the best blog topics ever!

  11. Jazz says:

    Spam… ugh… I can’t help but wonder if any pigs (or any other meat bearing animal, vegetable or mineral) actually ever came into contact with the stuff. Or is it just imported straight from the ass end of the universe, made with the overripe remains of Betacantareusian slaves.

  12. chelle says:

    When one has nothing to lose, they have so much to gain!

    Great story!

  13. jen says:

    you are a badass, sister. this was a terrific story – courage!

  14. Glamourpuss says:

    Funny that’s almost exactly how I got my last teaching job – was utterly convinced they couldn’t possibly want scruffy old me in such a dapper establishment, vowed to use the experience as interview practise, was offered the job on the spot.



  15. Em says:

    Okay, it is official. I can no longer sneak a peek at your blog at work. I laugh out loud TOO loudly and people gather at my door. I’m glad you got the job…what a great story.

  16. Logophile says:

    That is a great story! It would have still been a good story if you hadn’t gotten the job, but NOW, yes, now it is a GREAT story.
    It was also coherent, so that was a bonus

  17. velvet says:

    Jocelyn, you’re fabulous! How could they not love you after that fabulous improv?

    Of course, aside from being hugely entertaining, the most resounding effect of your story is that now I’m craving a roast beef sandwich. 😉

  18. Lone Grey Squirrel says:

    Captivating story. Minnesota….good. Twice the salary……good. SPAM….ummmm, good!

  19. Diana says:

    Funny how sometimes the situations we have the least time to prepare for end up shining moments.

    Funny how more often, though, we end up with egg on our faces and as the cautionary tale told to those who come after us.

    Glad your situation was of the former.

  20. lime says:

    potato chips, high taxes, paul bunyan….didn’t you forget herds of mosquitoes to go with all the lakes and such?

    and ok, i am holding my sides guffawing at the name ‘spamtown.’ i think if broadway can field a musical called ‘urinetown’ then a sequel about austin, MN cannot be far behind….and i am just the woman to put it together. see and the great thing is this….i sing VERY dissonantly. it’s really quite perfect. Oh, and I think for costuming we will try to evoke an ‘o calcutta’ feel to it and just cover the cast in that frightening gelatinous goo that covers spam. (mutters to self excitedly while jotting down more ideas on a white board) do i smell a hit or what??? it will be great…

  21. choochoo says:

    Ever considered working in hellhole? I got a deep fried something with your name on it.

  22. BeachMama says:

    I love that you sucked it up and put on a show as best you could. Not many people would do that, even today. And Spamtown can’t be all that bad, you are still there :).

    Thanks for sharing the story.

  23. Jill says:

    Ooh, I admire you even more now. People who can think on their feet are magical. I think I would have just cried and gone home, ironed shirt be-damned.

  24. AmyTree says:

    That is an AWESOME interview story!!! I actually do really well in interviews, I kind of like them, in a twisted way. My favorite one EVER was as PA to the the Directors of a HUUUUUUGE financial company (just letters for a name, place smells of cash, everyone is manicured, ick). I walked into the place and KNEW I didn’t want the job EVER, and so instantly relaxed and winged it – I made it through 5 interviews (for my own amusement – I was unemployed at the time anyway) and was offered the job. I pretended to consider it, even – for a heartbeat. Then I skipped out to freedom (and a considerable smaller wage, I might add…) But at least I don’t have to put on a suit anymore!!

  25. MyUtopia says:

    Speaking of Austin Minasota, I accidentally called their gas company when I was looking for Austin TX’s gas company number.

  26. Dan says:

    You’re the best storyteller in the blogosphere Jocelyn!

    Oh … and unibomber shacks rule!

  27. my4kids says:

    Good job on getting the job like that! With the job I have now (only 2 days to go!) I had to interview in front of 5 clinic managers to prove they were hiring me for myself not because my mother is higher up. That was very scary! I was not informed they would do that prior!

  28. Stepping Over the Junk says:

    WOW! 11 years ago I was working in Estes Park and my childhood friend, Ben, came over for the weekend from C Springs to climb Long’s Peak with me. He was finishing school at University of Colorado there. I wonder if you knew him! (he ended up working for a magazine after college)

  29. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Wow. What an engrossing story!

    It’s experiences like this that teach us what we’re really made of.

    You are my candidate for Cult of Personality, and I have no doubt that the folks of Northern Minnesota write better because of that amazing interview.

  30. CS says:

    That is so great – I’d have hired you, too. Once i had a phone interview that hapneded while I was making an elaborate seafood dish that involved three pans on the stove at once and parchement paper. I think the distraction actually helped!

  31. Voyager says:

    Spam city college. Too cool. It should be in the Ivy League.

  32. Keshi says:

    I like the freedom I get from being totally screwed. There’s nothing to worry abt then.


  33. urban-urchin says:

    I despise ironing so I think I’d be with you on the interview as not to waste an ironed shirt.

    of COURSE you got the job. You aced what most would consider an impossible situation. You’re a rock star.

  34. Princess Pointful says:

    I wonder what you would have said if somehow you’d known, eating that sandwich, that this town was to be your future.

  35. frannie says:

    whew! my palms were just a sweatin’ reading that!!!

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