"Do you have any questions?"
I was applying for my last job as public relations director of an oil and gas trade association. The person who had held the job, was a friend, who had died of brain cancer. The job was vacant for almost a year.
Another friend suggested I apply. My predecessor was more than six feet tall, broad shoulders and was an imposing figure.
That does not describe me. There were no questions directed to me during the interview except the one I mentioned.
I replied that I had no questions, but a statement. I explained that I knew the person who had held the job before and if they were looking for a clone of him, I was not the person they wanted. I then added if they wanted someone who knew the media throughout the state, understood the importance of the industry and was ready to put in the time to learn what I did not know, I was a good candidate. I then noted it was apparent that I was speech impaired, but that did not stop me from being a news reporter for 16 years and I was sure it would not stop me from representing the Association.
It was about six weeks later when I was called for a second interview, with only two people, instead of the 30 that had been at the first.
That afternoon I had the job and held it for 22 years, until new leadership decided it was time for me to leave.