Preparing for the Worst (Interview)

Give us five reasons why we should appoint you

In building a team, what’s your favourite ‘glue’

Tell us about how you motivate others

How would you get rid of any non- runners

 

What’s the most challenging task you’ve ever done

When not at work, how do you have fun

Have you got a usp

If you were a tree, what type would you be

 

Where did you find out about this position

Do you consider yourself to have ambition

If appointed, what’s the first thing you’d do

When under pressure, how do you come through

 

What added value could you bring to the post

What is it about us that you like the most

Are you able to follow the company line

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time

 

Have you seen our M.S., it’s out on the net

Would you like a tissue, please don’t get upset

What is the name of our CEO

In preparing for today, how far did you go

 

Which of our ‘products’ do you think is best

Do you think you did well on the psychological test

What salary would you want if we took you on

Did you take account of the perks in that decision

 

Finally, would rate yourself as A++

And , is there anything, not covered, you want to ask us

Taking Control (full version)

 

We’ll ignore them in the waiting room
And resist them on the bus
Intrusive calls and endless texts
Won’t be the boss of us

Social media is so compelling
But is this what’s to blame
If mums aren’t ‘there’ for children
And dads ignore them just the same

The mobile can be a lifeline
For work, a ‘must have’ tool
But it can take control of you
Moderation should be the rule

I’ve taught my phone a lesson;
That I’m the one in charge
YOU too can do it easily;
By letting yours discharge

A Fundamental Truth

 

dark sky

We knew it was to happen

Somewhere within a crowd

More terror visited uselessly

To try to make us cowed

 

The carnage and the mayhem

The tragic loss of life

This time a home-made IED

Last time a car and knife

 

What sort of mind can plan this

How mad must someone be

To be a bomb, a murderer

A lunatic running free

 

This cause cannot be justified

Though perhaps I waste my breath

There is no place in paradise

Secured through others’ death

 

 

 

 

The Write Words

Could I find a better way to say just what I mean?

I know I need the clearest words to set the ideal scene

Yet, for written words to state some fundamental truth

They must not fail immediately, because they are uncouth

 

But, like a thought that flashes by and cannot be recalled

Writers’ block denies my wants and literacy is stalled

Whilst others pen the perfect phrase, to capture and delight

I must sit with becalmed hands at my keyboard in the night