She was petite, had cobalt blue contacts, freckles dotting her cheeks and Shirley Temple curls that made her look like a China doll.
She was a student who wanted to interview me for on assignment to get her into the college’s magazine.
I was touched. My first interview! Is it a sign for things to come?
Q: What do you think about yourself?
ME: (ready to launch into a litany of living life out of the box) I firmly believe –
Q: –as a loyal dog? A free bird? Or a sexy cat?
ME: (totally thrown off) I… uhh (coughs) personally I’d go with sexy cat but that’s not who I really am so I’d like to be a free (pause for a long time) bird.
Q: Then it means you’re spontaneous, fun-loving and want to dictate life on your own terms.
Me: Uh—yeah. That pretty much sums it up.
Q: What do you think of our school? A) Pretty cool. B) Perfect C) Awful D) Okay.
Q: Good answer!
ME: I think I wasn’t left with much of a choice.
Q: How would you like to meet your future soul mate? A) in your travels. B) at work C) a surprise meeting D) at the beach
ME: I guess it’ll be C.
Q: It means you’re like Cinderella and have a Prince Charming sweep you off your feet. Oh, Kate I didn’t know you were so romantic!
Q: How do you often like to travel? A) by yourself B) with family C) with friends D) with your boyfriend
ME: A. I often traveled by myself to other countries.
Q: (gasps) Weren’t you scared?
ME: (remembers near kidnapping stint in Indonesia and being nearly possessed by an evil spirit in Cambodia). Nope, not really.
Q: If you were to choose between Harry Potter and Hillary Clinton, which one would you like to be?
ME: HP or HC? Tough one. Though I admire HC a lot –being a determined strong-minded woman and all, I’d go with HP.
ME: ‘Cuz I don’t want to deal with politics. I’d rather have a big wand, have some magic duels, drink a potion to change my appearance, stop time, ride on a hippogriff. Potter’s life is never boring. He lives in such an exciting magical world. Plus, there’s nothing like riding on a Firebolt and chasing that snitch during Quidditch. I want to fly dammit! Oops, sorry. Excuse the language.
Q: Now, we’ve come to the last question of the psychometrics.
ME: I thought we were doing psychology or personality tests?
Q: (petulantly) No, psychometrics.
Q: What do you think of your interviewer?
Q: No, you have to choose between A) a sunny day B) a light drizzle C) overcast D) stormy weather E) a cool breeze F) a raging tsunami
ME: You got raging tsunami written there? (seeing the alarmed expression on her delicate face). No, no I meant A, A — a sunny day.
Q: Wow, it means you admire me!
ME: Wow, that’s a surprise!
Q: Thanks Kate for your really cute answers.
ME: Thank you for the uh, really interesting questions.
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