So Wednesday afternoon I had a job interview at Logos Bible Software. It did not go well. They waited until Thursday morning to email my rejection, but it was not surprising. It was hands-down, the most awkward interview of my life.
This is no reflection on Logos. I use their software and highly recommend it. The people conducting my interview are all great at their jobs. I respect them highly. The founder of the company and author of Fire Someone Today, Bob Pritchett, was there. I had hoped for the sequel: Hire Someone Today. It was not to be. I failed to impress Bob or any of the other major players in the room. I am not bitter and I think they made the right decision.
Was I qualified for the position I applied for? Yes. Would I have done good work there? Absolutely. Would I have risen to the challenges of that environment? Without a doubt. Was I the best person for the job? Nope.
The most nerve-wracking part of the interview is forever burned in my mind:
Interviewer: You say you have attention to detail, do you mean grammar or something else?
Me: [Feeling that the hammer was about to fall]: While I’ve written a lot. . .
Interviewer: because I see three mistakes on the first page of your resumé. The third sentence is a run on sentence and needs a comma, you have a sentence with two spaces after the period when all other sentences have one and there is a missing period after your third bullet point when you have one after your first, second, and fourth.
Me: [Shock and embarrassment]
Interviewer 2: I also see some formatting issues here. . .
The rest of the interview wasn’t that bad, but I clearly did not wow the crowd. When I recovered from the shock of the interview, my only reaction was to laugh. They must have enjoyed watching me squirm.
I think I wanted this job to work out because I would be doing something related to my field of study. I have an M.Div and I sell animal feed and nipple extractors at the local hardware store. It is good, honest work, but ultimately I don’t feel like it is what I was born to do. I believe my gifts lie in preaching and teaching and pastoral care. I looked at Logos as a step in the right direction and something to do in the meantime. I would get to help craft theological and biblical resources. It seemed great. But parts of the job would have been a poor fit for me.
I would have been working on video lectures and preparing them for release by crafting online text which complemented the lecture. I could have done this but I’m not sure this work would have nourished my true self. I long to nurture, to care for, to proclaim, to excite, to instigate. I love to spend time writing, reading, studying and learning but where it comes alive for me is when I get to share what I learn with others. I am relational to the bone. I would have loved aspects about the job and I am sure (even if Logos wasn’t) that I would have excelled at it. But that work is not what I was born to do.
When we were done my five interviewers all sprinted from the room, leaving me to show myself out. So for the moment I remain the most theologically educated hardware employee in the city of Blaine.