Laid Off, Now What?

September 14, 2009

Could it be? Yes. I finally got an interview!

Filed under: 2009 September — Les O'Riley @ 1:13 pm
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Eurika! an interview with my alma mater.

I know, this blog has enough cobwebs on it to trip a rhinoceros. So what are ya gonna do, fire me? I have been putting out resumes to the *few* decent positions I see around, or find online, but believe me, they’re not pouring down the streets of Durant.

I won’t go into details as to what the position is, but I must say, it would be an honor to be able to return to Southeastern Oklahoma State University as part of the team out there to help others learn. If I am fortunate enough to be selected for the position, I will post full details.

That’s all for now. Hopefully I will hear from them before the end of September.


  1. Okay,
    Those interview questions remind me of the silly questions they ask on scholarship forms. Things like:
    *How will receiving this scholarship help your educational goals?
    (They will allow me to pay your tuition.)
    *How will becoming a student at WonderUniversity affect your career goals.
    (So I can get a degree and join the rest of the people looking for work.)
    *How do you see yourself contributing to the community life of this campus?
    (After studying, and working full time to pay for the gap between what the scholarship covers and what I have in the bank, then I’ll think about joining some organizations.)

    They were probably looking for a “part-of-the-team” answer, but who knows what buzz words would rock their worlds?

    Keep at it. I’m rootin’ for you. It’ll take me some time to catch up with your posts.
    Good Luck.

    Comment by Barb — October 15, 2009 @ 2:26 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Barb. I’ve really been crankin’ out the resumes lately. I guess you’d say I’m “on a roll.” Drop me a note, tell me what’s been goin’ on. I popped by your blog this morning and enjoyed a little moonshine. Thanks for the story!

      Comment by Les — October 15, 2009 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  2. well this is quite recent so you are still in that on-hold/wondering/hoping/waiting/being tested time. I used to say “I’ll pray for you brother” and think it might do something but since I dont think that wzy any more I just say “Good luck” but since I don’t believe in luck either I just ssy “Hope it works out for you.” Without my glasses I cant even see how my spelling is here but hopefully all that made some sort of sense.

    Comment by cliff — September 20, 2009 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

    • Thanks. By the way, your posts are still as entertaining as ever. Even when you’re serious. The interview just didn’t “feel” right. I had a panel of 5 people interviewing me, and it lasted over an hour. However, it just didn’t seem to me like it clicked. I asked questions, they asked loads of questions, but it just didn’t seem like a good match. They asked quite a few questions about how I could help their program, but I had to say over and over that I didn’t know how their program operated, so it would be hard to tell without being able to dive in there and see what it was all about.

      I wrote a “thank you Mr. so-and-so & committee for the interview, etc., but haven’t even had a response to that e-mail. I expect their standard “thank you for your interest in working for Southeastern” form letter to roll around in a week or so.

      I’m back to the hunt. ~ Les

      Comment by Les Riles — September 21, 2009 @ 9:14 am | Reply

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