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The Storm ApproachesAs I mentioned yesterday, I had a face-to-face job interview today. It was the first “in person” interview I have had since I was laid of in January.

I woke up as scheduled, studied the companies website in preparation for the “what do you think of our company” type questions, and left early to make sure I had plenty of time to find the place. I arrived about 35 minutes early, so I sat back and studied the job description a bit more, making sure I knew what I needed to know when I walked through that door.

After making sure I didn’t walk in too early, I walked in with 10 minutes to spare. I was immediately led to an office and handed a piece of paper and a pen. As I sat down, I noticed it was some sort of test, with 20 questions on it. Every question dealt with PHP, MySql, and Apache. I thought to myself, “How awesome is this, I am soooo going to ace this.” Then I choked.

My mind drew a complete and utter blank. Seriously. I looked at the first question and it may as well be written in Greek. I had no idea what the answer to that question was. I never choke on tests. Ever. Then I panicked. I never panic. After going over the list twice, I only completed 12 of the 20 questions. I was worried. Until the door opened.

I met the potential boss, and I was immediately more relaxed. He was very laid back but very professional, and he said the “test” was just a barometer to make sure no posers tried to take the job. We had a good conversation. He told me about their company, and what they needed. I told him about my work history, and why I am the guy to fill their needs. I think it went very well.

As I walked out, I still couldn’t believe that I choked on the “test”. That was completely out of character for me, and I was a bit disappointed in myself.

This evening we had very strong storms come through the area (the photo above was taken from our back deck), but they all went just north or quite a distance south of us. Needless to say it’s been a long and stressful day.

Oh yeah, as I sat down to write this post it suddenly came back to me. All 8 questions I couldn’t answer earlier today. They were so obvious. They were so simple. Where were these answers when I needed them and why couldn’t I think of them at the time? Thanks brain, I really appreciate it.