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Subject:Interview from Hell - response to Brad From:"Doyle, Lindsay" <lindsay -dot- doyle -at- FUNB -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 2 Jun 1999 09:58:45 -0400
First Union Capital Markets Corp.
<snip> I can speculate why I did not get the job:
* The staff writer didn't appreciate the value and rarity of having a
co-worker who was both a subject matter expert AND a technical writer. (Both
her manager and director did.)
* The staff writer would-be supervisor was very young and
inexperienced and yet would be my supervisor.
* I was probably about 10-15 years older than she. I think it was a
classic age issue.
Perhaps another reason you did not get the job is that the younger staff
writer was threatened by the fact that you were a subject matter expert and
she was not. That would put her in the position of supervising someone that
had more expertise than she did - this can be very intimidating. I was in a
similar situation in a past position (luckily it was a contract position) -
and I ended up being miserable. Maybe it's a good thing that you didn't get
Lindsay Randolph Doyle
First Union Capital Markets
Y2k Project Office
lindsay -dot- doyle -at- capmark -dot- funb -dot- com