What is your favorite type of chewing gum?

Today I had an interview with an Event Management/Marketing firm in Melbourne. (I am looking for s second job during the weekdays.) However, in no way was it a typical interview. I was taken directly to one of their “sites” where they were marketing a charity at the busiest train station in the city – Flinders Street.

It was presented as a competition, mainly between me and the other guy with the same interview slot. We each had someone as our buddy who directed us through our task sheet. I completed five different tasks:
1. Ranking the order of importance of body language, tone, and topic
2. Taking notes on a sample conversation between the recruiter and me, the potential customer. Then answering questions regarding body language, tone, and topic based on that conversation.
3. Practice approaching and talking to people. I had to get 10 answers to “what is your most embarrassing moment?” within either 10 or 20 minutes (don’t remember which time limit….took me 5 min…I approached a girl in a school uniform and all of her friends flocked to me!)
4. Writing down 10 ice breakers (questions used to first draw customers into the booth) and then try them out. My recruiter loved my question: what is your favorite chewing gum? πŸ™‚
5. Memorize the company’s spiel and present it to the recruiter from the initial contact to drawing them in.

Overall it was really good, but it’s an individual contract position, meaning the more people I get to sign up, the more money I will make. Also, it is a 8-5 job five days a week. It would be a really fun job if that was what I was here to do, but honestly, I’m not. Seriously, I’m not. It would be amazing to make the money and I’m really flattered that I was chosen, but I’m here to play polo, to see Australia, and to have a good time. πŸ™‚

I actually have another interview tomorrow working with children ages 2-6 (I believe) in a physical education class type situation. I’m really excited for it and hopefully it will go well! If I get the job, I’m going to tell the Marketing company that I can’t survive 8-5 work and 6:30-8:30 practice eve ry day, which is true!

Woo work. If only it was this easy in the US. Ha.

Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: doona. Meaning duvet or comforter. Usage: I sleep with a really thick doona at home because I get really cold at night!

6 thoughts on “What is your favorite type of chewing gum?

  1. Karen Began says:

    What an adventure! Even though you have your priorities straight, you had an interview experience that will last a lifetime. Good luck on your physical ed interview. How fun would it be to work with wee little ones? They will love you!

  2. Jane Sagehorn says:

    Alicia, your blogs are great. You develop an idea, and title it perfectly, very clear, interesting, informational – all of it. Have you ever written for a school paper, or another group publication? You certainly could – and your blogs are your portfolio. Do they need an American stringer for interest articles in the local paper? Maybe writing about what you are learning and experiencing in Australia would make a column (weekly? daily?) that Australians would eat up – the Underwater view of Down Under (or something). You are a very appealing young lady and you have a great sense of self confidence. Sell yourself and an idea to the editor of the biggest local rag or to a Sydney paper with a Melbourne

  3. Corine says:

    Hi Alicia,
    I finally sat down today to read your blogs, as I never found the time while we were in France. Love them! You are a very good writer! So good, as a matter of fact, that it makes me want to go experience Australia! You remind me of myself when I first came to the U.S. Even though we (especially Ben) all miss you and your pretty smile around here, it is really nice to see that you are enjoying yourself. Oh, and for what it’s worth, my favorite gum is the new French kind Ben sent you: The Airwaves menthol/eucalyptus. Love it! A bientΓ΄t!

    • aliciabegan says:

      It sounds like you should probably just come visit! πŸ˜‰ I hope the transition back to the US is going alright. I LOVE that gum, too! I wish Ben had sent me a years supply because it is absolutely my new favorite!
      I hope you saw my awesome green trimmed pillow on my bed in one of the posts. πŸ™‚ It’s on my bed 24/7 and always reminds me of you and Folsom!! πŸ™‚ thank you again so much for such a wonderful present!!

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