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Holiday Sweetness and WTF is a Culture Fit Interview?

We’re almost to December! I enjoy the holiday season so much more, now that I have little kids. I’m sure that when they’re older, and able to express deep, sarcasm-laden disappointment that I didn’t buy them the electric guitar they’d been heavily hinting at for months, I’ll go back to being mostly annoyed at the buying-crap frenzy that December turns into.

gold tree ornament
Holiday sparkles are magical once more.

But, for now, my kids are pretty much content to open their simple surprises and see the sparkly glory of decorations with unjaded eyes. Which helps me see it all that way, too. For the first time since childhood, I have a contented kind of wonder at Christmas, again.

It’s nice.

I’m still editing the third manuscript of my Mermaid Underground series. (Is it a manuscript, really? It’s digital. “Manu-” seems reminiscent of something I can hold in my hand. Hm.) I keep thinking I only have a few pages left before I’m finished with this second/third/fourth-ish draft, but then that last few pages are rather stretchy. They keep springing past my page count, adding on to the total number, with every editing session.

Of course, while I’m wrestling the snake called an unfinished manuscript, you can read the first two in the series! Check them out here and here, or click on the images of my books in the side bar, over here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I’m also still job searching. My day job is, at the moment, interviewing for jobs. I’m getting to be an industry expert in interviewing. Not sure if that’s a skill I’ll be adding to the ole resume. I wrote here about phone and video interviews, but there’s another interview that’s becoming quite popular on the job search circuit: The Culture Fit Interview.

jar of yogurt
An at-home culture interview. Ahem.

What is this new phenomenon? Is it yogurt, or perhaps kombucha related? Is it about religious or ethnic tendencies? Well, no.

The Culture Fit Interview is about how well you might fit in with the existing (already snug-ly employed) crowd at the office. At first, I felt an impending sort of exhaustion at the scheduling of my culture fit interviews (yes, I’ve had multiple, at this point!) But after sitting through them, answering questions like “What kind of fruit would you be?” and “What are your football allegiances?” I realized I was glad for these interviews, because it’s basically a party where you all have to sit at a conference table, and there’s no alcohol served. They’re low-key (except everyone is staring at you, of course) and generally fun.

NOTE: If the culture interview is NOT fun, then don’t work at the company. Walk away. Truth.

And it’s the above statement that supports my appreciation for the Culture Fit Interview. It lets me interview the company, too.

Whatever you’re up to right about now, have a good one! Happy Holidays, Happy Writing, and Happy Interviewing! Just, you know … Happy. Do that.


P.S.: I’d be a persimmon.

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