During an interview for a newspaper internship, an editor asked me what I like to do.
Juggling, I told him.
He didn’t understand at first. He thought I was going for the high school over-achiever cliche, like, I enjoy juggling many different responsibilities at once, such as leading this club, doing volunteer work and filing 10 compellingly written news stories a day.
No, not that kind of juggling.
This kind: Tossing 3 or 4 balls at a time. Manipulating objects through the air. In fact, I told him, I have tickets to see Michael Moschen at the local theater this weekend.
Well, I don’t think he much cared that I could juggle. But maybe he sensed I could be a bit weird and enthusiastic about things, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I did get the internship. So, what can we learn from this? Bringing up juggling during a job interview doesn’t automatically disqualify you from getting the desired position.
However, unless the job requires tremendous amounts of hand-eye coordination or entertaining young children, or the employer is wearing a Flying Karamazov Brothers T-shirt, I would go easy on the juggling talk.