Alex's Alliterative Adventures

Thoughts on Programming, Life, and Travel

Careers, Relationships, and Cheese

Introduction: It’s a tired anecdote, recently retold by JDT: The ones who want you are crazy and knife-wielding, and the ones that you want keep yelling “just drop the knife, man, we can talk things out.”  Due to my recent blessings of an amazing job and a fantastic girlfriend, I had forgotten about this particular internet and teenager held truism; that is, of course, until I started my job interviews.  I had an interview earlier this week for a company that wasn’t a gaming company, so I was initially less than enthused by them.

Principle argument: The interview went something like this:

Interviewer: Our potentially very boring job requires a lot of C++. So do you know C++?

Me: No… but I could know C++.  I know things that are like C++.  Like, for example, not C++.

Interview: That’s great.  I’m just going to ask you a bunch of C++ to degrade your morale and make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Me: Awesome.

*a bunch of questions later*

Interviewer: Wow, you’re awesome. Here, have lots of money.

Me: Um… thanks, but… it’s just not right for me right now.  I just got out of a really great job, and I don’t want to commit to anything serious, I’m… I’m just not ready.

Interviewer: Oh… oh, that’s ok, yeah, I totally understand. No, that’s cool. Just… um… call me, ok?

Me: Yeah, that… that’d be best.

Jumping into the land of the serious for a moment, it was potentially the best interview I’d ever had in my entire life.  He made me think, but he coaxed me in just the right way to not only help me come up with the right answer, but also to teach me a lot about useful things that I didn’t know. The job itself might not be exactly what I want, but I could certainly do a lot worse than having the opportunity to work with people who can bring out the best in me and teach me more than I could’ve ever dreamed of.

Secondary argument: Fast forward to the super awesome gaming job interview:

Interviewer: Hey man, we’re recruiting for the position of Best Coop Job Ever, and we’re wondering if you’re a good match for our company.

Me: I’ll have your babies.

Interviewer: What’s that?

Me: I don’t have scabies, so I’m perfect for the job.  Let’s get started.

Interviewer: *technical questions*

Me: I don’t know that one.

Interviewer: *buzzwords*

Me: Also nope.

Interviewer: Alright, we just have one last question, and th-

Me: …

Me: Hello?


Conclusion: Dramatically retold job interviews are much more entertaining to experience than real job interviews where it’s made painfully obvious that you don’t know shit, son.  Also, I really really really want that gaming job.  I’m sometimes woken up at night by the burning pain my desire causes my soul and esophagus.

Epilogue: I fucking love cheese.  It’s like God’s gift to species that can domesticate farm animals. Also, I spoke to another real-life person who’s used VERGE.  It was like meeting my long lost brother from Singapore.


9 Comments so far

  1. Grandma October 6th, 2006 6:17 pm

    How time have changed since I was the interviewer.
    I am not sure who was matching whom in your interviews. I am confused – not surprising which jobs are you applying for? Are these job interviews for jobs in Canada or Europe -I know that you love cheese but other than admiring cheese cake I am not sure where it fits into your job search

  2. Alex October 6th, 2006 7:51 pm

    I’m applying for every cool job under the sun. If it had “video game”, “3D”, or “foreign work visa” somewhere in the description, I had already applied.

    Both of those suckers have been Canada. I’ve had a few Californians, and just recently the Singaporian, but no Europeans.

    It doesn’t fit into my job search, I just really love cheese.

  3. Dad October 7th, 2006 6:57 am

    Two questions about Verge.

    Who’s the real life person who’s used Verge. Another student?

    Is *your* game still on the Verge site?

  4. Alex October 7th, 2006 8:13 am

    Answer 1: An ex-waterloo student who interviewed me for a position in Singapore.

    Answer 2: It is, but it’s buried. My original site is dead, but the game is still available at

    Adventures in Coffee seems to also exist:

  5. Chien October 7th, 2006 10:41 am

    Wow I had completely forgotten about that game you made… I was pretty awestruck when I first saw it. I think Jamie showed it to me or something.

  6. Alex October 7th, 2006 11:23 am

    The question is, which one were you awestruck by? 😛

    Thinking about it over the past few days as well working on the game project and wasting too many hours on champion archer ( ) have really made me miss my old days of indie game development. I might just dive back in, if I can find a way to afford the time…

  7. Chien October 7th, 2006 11:45 pm

    The RPG one for sure… I didn’t know you had any others!

  8. Alex October 8th, 2006 2:04 am

    You’re talking about Fortune Saga, then. Check out Adventures in Coffee, which I linked to above. Jamie and I made it in 24 hours. It’s the most glorious thing this world has ever seen.

  9. […] On a related note, I just landed the best coop job ever. It’s going to be sweet […]

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