Can I put this on my resume? Juggling as job skill

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.

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