August 13th, 2004

ARVN Ranger

Interesting phone call from an agent

I sent out a batch of CVs yesterday and got a call back this morning. Aside from the usual discussions about work experience and ambitions, for the first time ever, I think I was being grilled to check I wasn't bullshitting about my interests. I'd listed, amongst other things, complexity theory and military science. I was asked what the former was which was straightforward enough then to nominate a few great generals. The first one I came up with was Vo Nguyen Giap and started explaining ("He was a Vietnamese general who...", "Yes, I know") and then Marshal Zhukov ("Ah yes, whatever happened to him?", said in a tone which made me suspect he knew full well...).

Still, means he appears to be a damned sight sharper than most headhunters/agents I've spoken to. And, with the benefit of hindsight, I can't believe I didn't mention Gerald Templar first!

Weird headhunter call #2

This guy actually called shortly after the first one but, due to playing a few rounds of telephone ping pong, we didn't actually speak till ~4pm when I was about to head off to Forbidden Planet. Opted not to mention this detail to him.

Anyway, weird thing is this: invariably, I sign formal communications as Kin-Ming Looi, as is my email name. This means people usually start off calling me "Kin" until corrected. A few brighter ones go straight to "Kin-Ming". A very few ask what they should call me. This guy started straight off with "Ming"! Now, either he knows me from somewhere else (which would be scary) or he's sharp enough to have figured it out from my email address being "", which is possibly scarier.

Still, I can always ask him on Monday morning - going in to see him about a telecoms strategy consulting job!
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