The Interview, Part 4

Dr. Irving’s Desk

Dr. Irving looks at Nick.

Nick gets up.

NICK
Hello, sir! My name is Nicholas Osa. We spoke earlier on the phone? I’m interested in your medical assistant position. I mean, I guess I could say I am also interested in the position since that last guy seemed to be interested too. But, you know what? I bet I’m even more interested.

Nick smiles.

Dr. Irving’s expression softens a bit, but he just raises an eyebrow in response.

NICK
Oh

Nick remembers to reach out his hand.

Dr. Irving gives a firm shake.

INT. INDIVIDUAL OFFICE SPACE

A desk with an ergonomic rolling chair is positioned by the window. A leather arm chair sits across from the rolling chair.

Dr. Irving sits in the rolling chair. He gestures for Nick to sit.

Nick sits. The chair makes a leather squeaking sound and groans under his weight. He chuckles with nervousness.

NICK
I swear that was just the chair.

Dr. Irving does not look amused.

Nick loses some hope that he could charm Dr. Irving. His forehead glistens in nervous sweat.

DR. IRVING
So, Mr. Osa, tell me about yourself.

NICK
Ah, yes, well, I am a graduate of City College with an undergraduate degree in Biology, interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Physician’s Assistant Studies, and I am hoping to one day run my own clinic.

Dr. Irving appears interested.

DR. IRVING
You would like to one day open your own clinic?

NICK
Yes, it’s what my parents want for me.

Dr. Irving’s expression hardens again. He writes something on the legal pad on his desk.

DR. IRVING 
Tell me why you are interested in the medical assistant position.

NICK
Of course, sir. This medical assistant position you have would be an excellent opportunity to showcase my skills and develop my clinical abilities for my future endeavors.

Dr. Irving stops writing for a moment.

DR. IRVING 
So you see this position as a glorified stepping stone to the dream your parents’ have for you.

NICK 
Ah — uh, no, sir, I

Dr. Irving interrupts Nick.

DR. IRVING 
Mr. Osa, why do you think you are suited for this position?

NICK 
I am committed, dedicated, and I would say pretty empathetic. I care about the patients and want to make their hospital visit a good experience.

Dr. Irving scribbles in his notebook.

DR. IRVING 
Hmm, yes, you and every other candidate. Look, we are searching for someone uniquely motivated for this position and determined to put their all into this job.


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