It’s a perfect storm of knowing all the right folk, having more than enough education, experience and literally being the most qualified on paper but most importantly, having 3 positions open at the same time.
To get this position, you turn over your financials–the President still hasn’t done that. Fact. You have to pass a background check (all that entails, they even see speeding tickets you had fixed in 1972). There are multiple writing assignments, not tests. Writing assignments. Drug tests. You must have a current driver’s license and own an operational vehicle. Then, there’s the three hour interrogation after you ‘pass’ the interview.
To my surprise, me being me, during the interrogation, I apparently made a Good Impression by mentioning my Happiness Wall. Oh, did I mention the social media/ web presence scrutiny? I may have just outed myself by that term. Anyway, I think when they asked something like, ‘have you been a part of any institution wide report to the capital,’ I said, ‘YEAH! The major came through and was so impressed by my goofy giant wall of positivity posters that he said he would make it a part of a report and then later, I heard him tell the [big warden] about it.’
I got a follow up question one week later about that.
They either think that I’m mental (true) or they will submit this as their idea to win an award.
Or maybe they just thought that showed optimism. Whatever.