Chronicles of a Writer – How I almost threw away a golden opportunity


Hello Sparkle Writers. I have been bombarded with requests to tell people how the story continues. “Wait until Wednesday,” I kept saying. I’m glad Wednesday is finally here. Although I’m afraid the requests will continue after this piece. Oh well.

Let’s get into today’s story. So I finally had my interview scheduled with one of the Managing Partners (MP) of Red Media (the umbrella group which YNaija is a part of). I arrived very early for interview; more than an hour early I think. I didn’t really prep much for this interview because I didn’t think it was going to be a serious matter compared to going for an interview at Deloitte or McKinsey for example.

After waiting patiently, I was ushered in to the MP’s office. Now I don’t usually do this but for some reason I sat down before the man asked me to sit. Oh I heard the word of my life. Even the look he gave me could kill. “Did I ask you to sit down” he asked as he looked up from his laptop. By the way, this was the first time he actually looked at me since I got into his office. It was like he was doing his best to ignore me. I apologized of course and he asked me to sit down while he went back to face his laptop.

His first question threw me off balance. “Why are you wearing all black?” “What does that have to do with anything,” I said to myself. I couldn’t think of an answer so I said the first thing that came to my head. It was the week after the Dana crash had happened so I said I was wearing black as a way of paying my last respect to the victims. “So you’re the type that is moved by emotions?” He said this with a look of disappointment on his face. “God, what is all this?” I said something. I cannot remember what I said exactly.

The MP went on to ask me questions about the Dana crash. What was my first reaction to the news? I think I said “What was the cause” to which he replied; “So you will not even be bothered if you know anyone on the flight?” You can tell that this interview was not going well right. And the MP was asking me all these questions while working on his laptop. Honestly, I don’t know when I started laughing. The questions were ridiculous. He asked about my fashion sense, how long I handle betrayal and rude people and so many other interesting questions.

When he was done, he looked up from his laptop and he just looked like he was not pleased. “We’ll get back to you Miss Jaiyesimi.” I got up as fast as I could…I really needed to get out of there. Before I left he said “I hope you know that we don’t pay our interns?” I told him it was fine even though I wasn’t sure how that will work out for me. I really didn’t want any prolonged discussion.

I remember leaving the office that day thinking to myself, “What just happened?” It felt like a dream. Maybe it was the interview before the real interview. I got home and told my brother that I didn’t get the job. I narrated the whole story to him. “Maybe he was in a bad mood” my brother said. I shrugged. All that was on my mind was how I was going to tell Tara that I bungled an opportunity that was given to me effortlessly.

Just before I could send a message to Tara, I received a call from the Sub-Editor. “Congratulations Doyin. You passed the interview.” “Wait what? Which interview? How?” She then told me how they had interviewed tons of crappy candidates and the MP did his best to throw me off balance to see how I would respond. “You kept your cool and answered the questions professionally,” the Sub-Editor said. I was speechless. I definitely wasn’t expecting that.

The next step was for me to go for an interview with the second Managing Partner, Chude Jideonwo. Something unexpected happened during that interview. You know you have to wait until next week to find out what happened right? 🙂 Thank you for reading!


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