Friday, July 20, 2007

They Flunked

Re: Job Interview Panic

Well that didn't take long. Had a short preliminary discussion with the folks looking for a writer. It didn't take long for me to X them off the list. They failed the interview almost immediately.

The reason? I don't want to drive 40 minutes to an office every day. I realize that sounds petty, because most people do that, and I did that myself for a lot of years. But for the last 5+ years, I did not. I home officed and went to a company office only as necessary. And now, that's a must for me. I need to be able to work virtually because I refuse to spend an hour and a half a day in traffic again. Nope, just won't do it. Only for the most fabulous job on the planet where fame and fortune are guaranteed. Maybe.

It's part of my balance of life mission. I just refuse to sit in traffic, burn gas at $3 a gallon and become yet another road rager out there. Not if I don't have to. And in the age of the internet, where locations matter not, I shouldn't have to.



Miss Forthright said...

It seems you made a good life choice there, M.

M said...

It is a luxury to be able to do that. First time in my life.

I remember my first "real" job -- rode the bus 45 minutes each way through bumper-to-bumper traffic. Did it then, as I didn't have a choice. Today, given a choice, no way.

SandDancer said...

You'd have thought that as the job was for a writer that there would have at least been some opportunity for working from home - writing is usually a pretty solitary exercise. Work/Life Balance is such as buzz phrase at the moment but so few companies really do seem to put it into practice.

M said...

Totally agree. That's one of the reasons I applied for it. I thought, oh, this won't require me to be present all the time. But no...they want somebody driving in every day. Stone agers!

The funny thing is that this is an organization that deals in Health, Wellness and Alternative Medicines. You'd think quality of life would be high on their list. But apparently it's not. Oh, the irony of that.