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Rick KellerRe: Getting to do something you have never done before.
by on Jan 29, 2003 at 2:01:40 pm

Anyone that I have ever interviewed or hired gets a real world test. For an AV tech job, I would pile a bunch of equipment in a room and tell an applicant to hook it up to play a video in less than 10 minutes. It took about 5 seconds to see who was telling the truth on their resume and who was BSing.

One editing job I applied for out of college was interesting - The boss took my name and phone and threw my resume in the trash. He handed me several tapes, shoved me in a room with editing gear, and said, "Make me something to air. You have 30 minutes. The best tape gets the job." By the time I figured out how to make the first edit, time was up. I didn't get the job (if you were wondering!) If I had to do the same thing 15 years later, I would blow the guy away with what I can produce in 30 minutes.

The moral of the story is: People lie. Companies lie. Actions tell the truth. Don't BS people and set yourself up to be humiliated. Learn the trade and demonstrate your skills. It works.

Rick Keller
A-1 Productions

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