Saturday, July 21, 2007

Qualifying Exam

For some reason I've always liked this story even though, whenever I tell it, no one else seems to get as much appreciation out of it as I do. Still, I've always liked it so I'm going to tell it. It seems to me that there is some sort of a lesson to be learned here although I'm not sure exactly what it is.

Several years ago I was playing golf with Larry, who is married to my cousin Beth. Larry and Beth had just moved down here and Larry was looking for a new job. He was telling me how he interviewed with a company based out of Wyoming that runs a technical school, the kind of school where you learn how to be a diesel mechanic and stuff like that. They were expanding and looking for recruiters to work in the state of Florida going around to high schools and talking to shop classes and trying to get students to come to the school. Larry said that the interview had gone pretty well and that he was hoping that he would get the job. I looked at him and said, "Please Larry, you'll definitely get the job."

"Well, you never know," He said.

I've always thought it was funny, first of all, that Larry thought he might not get the job and also that he did not seem at all upset at the idea that they would think someone else was better at it. What he should have been saying was, "If they don't hire me they're out of their minds."

You see, Larry was recently retired from the Marine Corps. His last job before retiring was to oversee all of the Marine Corps recruitment for the East Coast of the United States. Seriously, if you were looking to hire a guy who could go into a high school and talk to a bunch of gearheads about their future who would be more qualified than Larry?

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