Thursday, November 17, 2005

WTF Revisited

I had another job interview yesterday. It was for a consultant position as an English teacher. Seems pretty mellow... it pays SEK 400 (US $60) per hour to teach Business and IT English. So it's right up my alley.

I don't know if you remember... but the last time I applied for a job like this I didn't get the position because the interviewer thought I was OVERQUALIFIED and would STEAL THE CLIENTS. The woman was an idiot, but in Sweden being overqualified is still generally a reason not to hire someone. Swedes have an instinctual feeling for social harmony.

In the USA I think we try to get the best people we can. I haven't heard of an applicant being overqualified since Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer. And that was a movie. And even he got the job after he explained the circumstances. In America if you can get a bargain because the labor market sucks you take it.

Well this is Sweden not America so I knew how to play the game this time. I dressed nice for the interview, smiled, and acted pretty unambitious. By the end of the interview I was asked, "So when can you start?"

Sheeple of the world, unite. A career in Sweden awaits thee.

4 comments:

myke said...

sounds like a place i need to start a new career at ..

Svenja said...

well done! i have to say though that this happens to me all the time in the UK. it's sort of flattering but doesn't end up paying the bills. . .

Mia said...

It's not really logical but it's the case in Switzerland as well. I think they are just afraid that somebody will quit the moment he/she gets a more challenging job and they don't want to take the risks.

Sloth said...

Thanks for posting, Mia. I love that name. In any case, many people have been emailing me privately asking what a sheeple is. Here is a link:

http://www.sheeple.net/