Another Job Interview where I’m the first one at the gate…

I had a job interview this afternoon in Winchester, VA, which sounds like a long way from where I live, but it is only a pleasant 45 minute ride. The job looked good (full time) and the people were nice.

I drew my regular blank on remembering names of things (like the Mozilla Firefox browser I’m using right now to write this…who in hell remembers their browsers by name?) and all those 3 letter abbreviations that engineers and programmers are so fond of (ssl, csm, etc… for things I do or use but never have to name.

They gave me a good 45 minutes, however, and I really can’t complain… until the last statement. It’s the one I’ve gotten on every interview lately and I’m beginning to think it is the trigger for easy rejection: “We’re glad you came in, but you are the first and we have several others who we are interviewing before we can get back to you.”

At least three of my last interviews used that one… and, of course, I still haven’t heard from an of them. I don’t think I’m likely to.

But I could be surprised.

About btchakir

Retired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.

Posted on May 27, 2010, in Advertising, Art, blogs, Economics, Job Seeking, Opinion, Technology, Word from Bill and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey, Bill, yours is a common complaint among people over 50. What you’re experiencing is the corporate way of getting around age discrimination laws. If you qualify–and if your financial situation permits–you might be better off to take early retirement. You can always supplement it with side work, and do so without penalty providing you don’t earn more than your annual SS amount. I did it and have no regrets.

    • I’m in the process of starting early Social Security… first check is due the fourth Wednesday of June.Actually, I was surprised at how much I’ll be getting, and along with nine years of TIAA CREF pension money for a very short time I spent teaching at Queens College in NY, I was surprised at how well I’ll do.

      However, it’s not the same thing as working in a challenging job situation which I would much prefer.

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