This week with the Eternal Interns…
Yet another week of hectic Eternal Interning! While Flora moves from telephone interviews, to face-to-face interviews in her quest for “Eternal Employment”, Rose gets a taste of reality when she finds out how people really climb up the “job” ladder in her industry! All the while, Ophelia catches up with an old friend from the other side of the pond, who’s clearly left the “Eternal Intern” ring and set to move forward to eternally, blissfully happy married life!
Indeed a busy week for this set of interns…All three trying to move forward despite each facing different obstacles…Flora’s perturbing interviews, Rose’s perplexing realization and Ophelia’s particularly fast-paced friends…3 interns, 3 sets of challenges…
I had an interview today for a horrible Eternal Employment position. I knew going in that I wasn’t the least bit interested in the job, but any interview is always a good practice session!
So I get there…I sit down…The typical meet and greet proceeds, followed by the inevitable “please tell me about yourself…” All is good, all is well… and then the interview veers off yet again on a topic that always seems to catch me off guard: the salary dance!
What is funny here, however, is that instead of asking me how much I was expecting, the interviewer asked me, “How much are you making at your current job?” Job? Full-time position? I guess he didn’t realize that I’m STILL an intern! Actually he clearly didn’t realize that I’m still an intern, as he insisted on the “job” fact…
I sat there, perplexed, with my mind running 100 miles an hour… Should I make up a salary? Should I tell the truth – but in that case would he judge my Eternal Intern status and rip up my application?
What I did decide to do was not to lie…but not to tell the truth either! Instead, I looked at him with a strange look and said, “I’ll have to get back to you…” WTF? As soon as the words left my mouth I began to laugh hysterically on the inside! Who doesn’t know their salary!?! I’ll tell you who, Eternal Interns who don’t have a salary! Haha!!
Luckily this gig didn’t interest me in the least and luckily going to this interview prepped me for others! Sure, perhaps I shouldn’t have accepted an interview I knew very well did not interest me, but at the end of the day, it was great practice and my goodness, what a good laugh! And, honestly, I walked out relatively proud of myself. I clearly fooled the guy into thinking I’m Eternally Employed… Not too bad for an Eternal Intern!