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Last week I started a new job, and I think Nick would be proud of how I got the job.

In the interview, I did the job. I couldn't figure out what exactly it was the company did from their website, and a good friend the companies lawyer had connected me with this company letting us both know they “needed me”. It quickly became apparent that the COMPANY couldn't explain what they did in the interview. The knew what they did, but they spent 10 minutes explaining it in technical jargon. There and then I knew why my referrer had said they needed me.

I took over a whiteboard and made a very focused argument about why the company needed to be better able to explain what they do (they are a technology company). Before I was completely done, the interview told me to stop, he would be back in one minute.

He stepped back into the room with a gentleman, who was introduced as the CEO and I was introduced as “the guy you've got to hear”. I started and within twenty minutes latter several other managers had come into the room. After that two managers asked me about how I would solve their current biggest problem. The CEO stood up at the end of the meeting and said, “we've got to have this guy on board. Do whatever it takes”.

That's how I started my most recent position.
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