Many thanks for all the crossed fingers and good wishes. However, I don’t think I got the job. I should explain that it was a job I was encouraged to apply for by my boss. I didn’t want the job but just applying for it was a strategic career move. The person who is currently acting in the position also applied so I figured I had no chance of getting it. All I’ve been told (on the quiet) is that it was extremely close (yay, me), but I was probably pipped at the post. I’m not upset about it at all – as I said, I didn’t even want the job (just the money).
The interview format was one I had never encountered before. I was given the list of selection criteria and a scenario. I was given 45 minutes to prepare a 30 minute presentation on how I would address the scenario, incorporating all of the selection criteria. After about ten “holy shit” seconds where I resisted the temptation to head to the airport and skip the country, I got right into it and actually had fun!!
And now another unrelated picture. I have mangoes in my yard!!! Granted, they’re about 2 centimetres long at the moment, but come January I’ll have a tree full of mangoes… I’ll be able to hear the fruit bats fight over them as they take one bite out of a mango then move on to the next one. Soon afterwards my yard will be filled with the aroma of rotting mangoes. Just one of the joys of a tropical summer.