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Aigh! Nightmare!

So, I managed to get a job interview at the University of Texas. I'm pretty thrilled, those are darn hard to land. Got myself packed up and went to have lunch with Whines, had a little trouble finding my interview site, that was a challenge, but I got there eventually, a half-hour early. They let me sit in the conference room and wait, which gave me a goodly amount of time to read through their brochures, note that they had left a big discussion of their needs on their dry-erase board, chat with the interview team a bit, it's a good thing.

I think the interview went very well. Answered all the questions coherantly, asked some decent ones myself. They threw a "throw him off balance" question at me--"What, if any, is your favorite font?" which I could answer pretty well because I'd been doing design for mom for the last week, and had used my favorite font on the packet of business cards I had in my back pocket (for the record, it's "dead history," but that's subject to change without notice or notification).

Then they take me to another room to sit down for an MS Office skills check.

I'm pretty sure of myself when it comes to MS Excel, a bit cocky, but it's justified, I've been honing my Excel skills for five years, I know what I'm doing there. Not bad with Word, better than 90% of the world with Access (meaning I can navigate the menus and create a basic report...) Then I sit down, turn on the computer, pop open Excel...

It's Excel 2007. I've never even SEEN 2007. Suddenly, I can't even figure out how to save a file or do a basic sort. Eeeee!

Got it muddled through somehow...but that was traumatic!


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Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Ack! Well, they got to see how you deal with a curveball.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
lol. Unfortunately some business do upgrade. ;p I imagine since it is at UT they probably stay pretty up to date. Or at least you'd think so. I have had more experience with Office XP than the newer ones.

Glad it was a good interview overall though!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
Oh no. :(

Is that the one where the interface was overhauled to be (supposedly) ridiculously context-sensitive? I hope you let them know in no uncertain terms that you were experienced with the old version.

*hugs* I hope this turns out well, anyway.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm a little reluctant to say "gosh, I'm not familiar with 2007," since it's what their office seems to run on...not sure what the best way to say it was, because it's worth noting, but...

Anyway, I got through it, they weren't watching me mess with the help menu. I think the point was to see if I knew what a merge, pivot table, etc. were, not check out my dazzling skillz.

But, yes, that's the version. I was wondering why my Microsoft stock tanked so hard back toward the end of '06.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you could go to a library or somewhere that has Office 2007 ad get some practice in with the new interface? Other places are likely to use the same programs...
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Good luck on the job.

Most of MS Office baffles me. I stick to notepad and Photoshop.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Heeee, I could have talked their ears off with the font question. "Sans or serif? Display or body? Editorial or promotional content?"

At which point I'd get run outta there probably. =|

You made a valiant effort though! I hope you get that one.
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