Oompa Loompa

Ooooo, I’m hopefully getting a helper … hence the Boss referring to the potential ‘little orange helper’ as an Ooma Loompa. Except that I missed the reference the first time not being as exposed to kids’ movies as him, nor a Charlie fan particularly when I was a kid.

Anyway, the position is advertised, had to write a description and ad and will next have to think about doing interviews and what to ask. I’ve been on panels before but usually within government organisations where the process has to be proven transparent so not too much leeway for completely off-the-cuff discussions however around here we definitely look for personality so there will have to be an element of that. The Mister has got all sorts of weird and wonderful questions he asks in interviews – not those awful “tell us about a situation when you were faced with [insert some unusual situation of conflict that as the person being interviewed you feel you never have been] and how you dealt with that” but some slightly left-field alternatives to “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” so I’m thinking I’ll use milder versions of a couple of those.

Hard to know what kind of person would fit well working with me. I think I’d be terrible to work for – god my standards are so high even I can’t meet them half the time and when I think of all the information in all the corners of my mind (hmmm, how does that work when your head is round …?) I struggle to think how I could pass that on successfully and actually let go of some of it. It’s actually really nerve-wracking thinking that I’ll be in the position of having to say yes or no I think someone can be my assistant off the back of a CV and an interview, and if there’s a successful candidate, responsible for providing them with a satisfying job and decent experience. This is such a niche job that we’re looking for someone reasonably inexperienced in this field so there’s some pressure to mould them for a higher calling. Eeek.


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