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I've not had to lie on my CV (resumé for all you 'merkins) for a while, but way back when I was a teenager and C was a cool programming language, I listed it as one of my skills.

My new boss was remarkably nice about me spending my first week's employment reading a "how to program in C" book.

(, Thu 6 Jul 2006, 15:55)
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According to my CV, I'm proficient in
PHP, VRML, HTML, SQL, XML, XSL, RSS, OPML, SMIL, SVG, CSS.

Not a fucking clue what half that means. Last interview, I was asked what work I had done in SMIL. So, I bit the bullet and spewed forth a magnificent stream of bullshit the likes of which I had never produced before, and have yet to reproduce.

It was like I went into a Zen mode and some higher being took control of my vocal chords, as I confidently explained the many varied uses of the highly-vaunted 'Superceding Macro Interface Language', rounding off with a few subtle expressions of surprise that the interviewer had never heard of it himself. After it all died down and I recovered control over myself, I sat there and stared the interviewer in the eye, as if to say "Go ahead. Call my bluff. I dare you."

Turned out he hadn't any more idea what SMIL was than I had. Got the job two days later.
(, Thu 6 Jul 2006, 16:36, closed)

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