Thursday, 6 August 2009

Moving on

I had my first job interview today, and got offered the job. The company was my second choice as my first one hadn't got back to me yet. Tonight I discovered that my first option had e-mailed me two days ago but it was in my spam folder. To be honest after speaking with the company that interviewed me today I was more interested in the job than I was before so I'm hoping that maybe God is trying to tell me something. At least I can always try the other firm if this one doesn't work out.

The interview itself was gruelling though, I felt like I'd done ten rounds with Mike Tyson by the time it was over. Before I even went for the interview I had to do an on-line test (I got in the 80th percentile). Before the interview started I had to do a written test. When the interviewers turned up I had even more questions to answer, code samples to diagnose and analyse and it was relentless. An hour and a half in total.

The people interviewing me were the lead developer and the HR manager. Now I'm not sure if this was part of the "test", but the HR manager (female) had quite a low-cut top so I had to be on my best behaviour with eyes at 12 O'Clock at all times. We were both sat at a massive desk with me at one side and her at the other. The jug of water was in the middle, some four feet from where either of us were sat. "Do you mind?" she said, gesturing toward the water. With that she leant right over toward me to reach for the jug of water while jugs of flesh fell and, for what seemed an eon, she poured a glass as I looked at the clock on the wall, the watch on my wrist, my shoes, the door, out of the window, at the pen on the desk…all the time screaming in my head "DON'T LOOK AT HER BREASTS!!!".

I think I got away with it.

It's at times like this people with Asperger's can feel their loneliest. I'm about to embark on a daunting new chapter in my life…but who do I tell? Who is there to congratulate me? To have a drink with me? No-one. I had a quiet drink by myself in my local while drunken old men played pool. Then I had another pint in another pub while pretty young things chatted around me. Then I got some takeaway food. Then I came home.

Go me.


A said...

Hey, well done! I read and I congratulate you ;)

LivingLifeBackwards said...

Congrats!!! This is a HUGE deal!! If I were across the pond I'd take you out for a drink!! Cheers to you!

AS-4-L said...

Cheers guys but I can't wait for things to settle down really cos now everything is changing. My relationship with my work colleagues, I'm obviously anxious about my new role, today my boss offered me directorship to keep me at my current company. Every day something seems to be different.

All sense of stability and order has totally gone from my life now. I know it's just a temporary glitch but it will probably drag on for a few months still.

Brenda said...

You did excellently.

And I don't think the "breasts" were a test, just an indicator of a lack of least in my book.

Beastinblack said...

Maybe the breasts were a sign of mutual attraction but you failed to pick up on it :) Cant beat a big pair of jugs, as they say.