Someone made a private comment to me about my Rogue Brewery interview article published recently and it sparked another highly quirky and borderline unbelievable story from the same interview. I’ll recount that here as I find it one of my all-time great interview stories, even though it’s myself on the candidate side instead of me interviewing someone else.
In the previous article, I’d included the highly unusual email that landed me the VP interview. But, what that email also indicates, if you look closely, is that I did not bother to send a resume with my initial inquiry. Such an omission is a fairly bold move, but it’s one that I also recommend if you’re thinking of working around the usual system. The strategy, in other words, is to more or less subvert the HR process completely.
That all said, when I showed up for the interview — in jeans, rock and roll t-shirt, and hoodie — I did at least bring a resume. It was a two-pager, which is the absolute max I’d ever recommend anyone should have. Really, a one-pager is almost always best, in my view. But, you know, writing something so concise and effective actually takes time, and this was a spontaneous act for me.
Interestingly, though, the interviewer only scanned the top page as we spoke. After a little while, reviewing my most current few gigs as an agency owner and a marketing director prior to that, it started to become clear that she was looking for different experience. So, she began to break it down for me. She said something like, “Well, there’s just a lot to this role.We need years of higher-level management experience and so forth. This job, Jim, is really hearding cats. It’s just that crazy.”
That’s when I knew the magic moment was at hand. I replied, “Well, that’s great to hear actually. Would you mind taking a look at page two of my resume, and reading the top line?”
She flipped the page. The headline atop page two read something like: “James Dee — Professional Cat Herder.”
True story, and it got a good laugh and positive response in that context. It wasn’t quite enough to land the role, though. I suppose there’s a lesson in there somewhere, which is: If it’s not in the cards for you, even a magical moment won’t save the day. But, I like to think that, in some other situation, a synchronicity like that could have possibly saved the day.
✍🏻 Jim Dee maintains his personal blog, “Hawthorne Crow,” and a web design blog, “Web Designer | Web Developer Magazine.” He also contributes to various Medium.com publications. Find him at JPDbooks.com, his Amazon Author page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium, or via email at Jim [at] ArrayWebDevelopment.com. His latest novel, CHROO, is available on Amazon.com. If you enjoy humorous literary tales, please grab a copy!