Swimming Upstream

As Mahala walked into the interview, she ran her tongue over her unbrushed teeth and thought shit.

Everything had gone wrong from the start.

The midnight power outage that reset the clocks and caused her to oversleep, the Google directions to the wrong building, the newly-discovered fact she was wearing mismatched shoes.

Close but no cigar, Chandit would have said, and laughed in the way that always made her feel things would work out.

You’re swimming upstream, he would tell her. Easy or not at all. 

What would he say now, walking into her fourth interview in as many days?


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  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Josh,

    Perhaps the interviewer will see her as quirky and innovative. ;) A potential asset to the company. As Chuck Barris said, “Some days it’s not worth getting out of bed.” Enjoyed the swim.



  2. bearmkwa

    Just the type of person I’d actually hire if I had a company.. why? Because it shows “gumption” and a heartfelt desire to be employed to show up for an interview in less than a perfect state.

Don't just stand there.