LONDON — Here’s a tip: If you’re heading to a job interview, try not to barge into people and tell them to go fuck themselves on the way there – because they might end up being your interviewer.
That exact scenario happened to one hapless candidate in London this week.
The man was travelling on the London Underground Monday when a fellow passenger blocked his way. He responded in the traditional London manner, with a push, a shove and some of the expletive-laden compliments so familiar with dwellers in the capital.
Perhaps he was stressed; he had an interview lined up for the role of Python Developer at Forward Partners for later that day.
What he didn’t realise was that his victim was Matt Buckland, Head of Talent and Recruiting at Forward Partners, who had one task for the afternoon: fill the role of Python Developer.
The job asks several things of potential candidates. “You are passionate about open-source and have a keen interest in current and future trends” it says and, “you enjoy working in small multi-functional teams at pace.”
There’s no mention of whether or not you work well in compact train carriages with strangers, but the man didn’t get the job. The pair did clear the air during the interview, though.
“It was totally awkward,” Buckland told the BBC. “So I approached it by asking him if he’d had a good commute that morning. We laughed it off and in a very British way I somehow ended up apologising”.