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Muns asks - Did you blag your way through a job interview, only to be caught out? Is your photography portfolio full of other peoples work? Did your potential employers google your name, before offering you a lucrative contract and discover something from your past you would rather forget? How did you fail to get the job?

(, Thu 11 Jun 2015, 12:00)
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Yeah ... you didn't sail through. You just didn't get the job and you're still trying to excuse your failure forty years later.

(, Tue 16 Jun 2015, 16:40, 2 replies)
or otherwise, might just be an anecdote. You know, like on QOTW.

(, Tue 16 Jun 2015, 17:02, closed)
Sorry, I don't think so, I had written my first computer program 6 years before on ICL kit whilst at school, so my cv will have been near the top for such a position....

I'm afraid it was pure hubris, and I did get the other side from a friend who'd put me up for it. I was a dick, pure and simple.
(, Tue 16 Jun 2015, 19:01, closed)
You wrote a computer program at school?
I'm really surprised they let someone like you slip through their fingers.
(, Wed 17 Jun 2015, 0:00, closed)
I made a 'turtle' move round the floor by typing commands into LOGO back in 1994, giz a job

(, Wed 17 Jun 2015, 1:59, closed)
forward thinking head teacher
It was 1970, we had a teletype with paper tape and a dialup to Queens University Belfast (ICL 1906, OS George 3). We wrote in qubal (QUB Algol). Wrote the code, typed it to paper tape, all uploaded from paper tape at 5pm, batch compile and run overnight, listings couriered to school for following day. I should say happy days, but really I much prefer today with instant gratification edit, and interpretive code, roll your own virtual services, etc etc. Probably quite good 'try and get it right first time' training with 24 hr delay for a typo.
(, Wed 17 Jun 2015, 2:43, closed)
oooh that sounds familiar!
I remember writing code by hand onto paper forms, which would then be sent off to Brighton Polytechnic (as was). A week later we'd get back a stack of punched cards and a printout of the results - which usually told us that they person copying the characters on the form onto the cards had pressed a wrong key.
(, Wed 17 Jun 2015, 14:06, closed)
Yeah ... you were perfect and they passed you up because of a harmless flippant comment. Deffo. Absolutely. No doubt. Yup.

(, Wed 17 Jun 2015, 15:01, closed)
I'm glad I live in my head and not yours. Besides, it wasn't flippant I clearly meant it.
(, Wed 17 Jun 2015, 15:07, closed)
Fair play. Delusion is probably more comfortable than grim reality.

(, Thu 18 Jun 2015, 7:24, closed)
Crocodile Dundee
I think you seem to be saying to me "that's not being a dick, THIS is being a dick"

You haven't got a lot of kindness going on in your life have you?
(, Thu 18 Jun 2015, 9:04, closed)
You didn't get the job as internet psychiatrist either, did you?

(, Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:17, closed)
your father should really have settled for the hand job

(, Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:36, closed)
don't give his life meaning by responding

(, Thu 18 Jun 2015, 11:44, closed)
And so the hyena, sensing a weakness in the old buffalo, nips at his ankle
But the damage is not serious, and tonight the hyena will go hungry as the sun sets on the Serengeti
(, Wed 17 Jun 2015, 23:30, closed)

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