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A recruiter from Amazon scheduled me a phone conversation with a hiring manager. So I took it in my room, cozy in my PJ's, but the manager decided he wants the video enabled. And that's when I realized what he's seeing right behind me...

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  • 16
    Could be worse.
  • 4
    What's awkward in ducks?
  • 20
    Cute ducks and penguins? I expected much worse
  • 16
    @irene Nothing wrong them, it's just not something I would normally bring to an interview.
    It's not very helpful to my effort of portraying myself as a capable adult.
  • 5
    Well the fact all is clean and in place shows too much about how organized you are, that video call was a sudden thing, and not something you prepared just to show off
  • 3
    @NickyBones btw, aren't those geese? πŸ€”
  • 2
    No, they're googles from webkinz! Or at least they look like them.

    (yes, that is the name of one of their virtual animals, dont ask me how that works legally)
  • 2
    Awww, how cute! ^^
  • 3
    @gitpush Well, I was really lucky that day - we have a maid coming over to clean once a week. The interview took place 30 minutes after I returned from work so I had no time to mess it up again.
  • 4
    @irene @tokumei They are actually made by Chosun. They are quite different from the webkinz ones. They were advertised as duck/platypus but they're neither I guess, as they have no wings or tail. I got the big white one as a toddler (23 years ago), and decided it was a duck back then. so it's a duck.
  • 0
    @NickyBones they definitely look like geese πŸ€”
  • 2
    @irene Geese have wings though. Mine are wingless :)
    They're just cutelings.
  • 1
    @NickyBones okay, they look like geese without wings 😁
  • 2
    @NickyBones capable adult.. now you scared me.. I will soon need an extra room for my plushies.. o.O
  • 3
    @sladuled It's merely the facade of a capable adult. You can have a mansion full of plushies, just let your boss know about it after you're hired :D
  • 1
    @NickyBones what if your boss is a plushie fan? πŸ€”
  • 3
    @NickyBones hahhaa true! But they'd be much more awesome to hire you anyways, based on your skills & love the duck/platypus/goose thingy on the way! ;)
  • 2
    @irene Well, all my bosses and interviewers so far were males. From geo-cultural perspective, the chances of them being plush-lovers are extremely low...
  • 1
    I want them
  • 3
  • 2
    Aside from that I get what you mean:

    They're cute 😊 (i love stuffed animals)
  • 1
    Yeah I mean luckily your massive dildo collection was out of sight, I always make sure mine are put away before any video interviews
  • 1
    If you really own the chill cozy look he’ll think it’s awesome and it’ll make you stand out against other applicants
  • 1
    @SauceBoss I'm actually quite surprised I only got one tasteless response such as yours. It's sort of OK to be crude if you're at least funny, but in your case your'e just plain crude.
  • 0
    @FelisPhasma You don't think it would suggest I'm not serious enough about the role?
  • 2
    Your room looks too clean and organized to be real. :)
    Also I like the minimalism.
  • 2
    @Noob Most stuff are just on the other side of the room (desktop/library/closet). And it's only clean and organized because it was that exact same day in the week we have a maid coming over. The other 6 days it looks like a trailer park :D
  • 1
    @NickyBones picture! We need picture! πŸ˜‚
  • 1
    @irene After my next interview screw-up :)
  • 0
    @NickyBones aw you didn’t like that? What ever will I do!
  • 2
    @NickyBones when I did my first internship a couple years ago I was impressed by how casually people dressed. The dev world is pretty chill and as long as you did well with the rest of the interview I don’t think you’ll be in bad standings for the position
  • 1
    Must have been qwakward
  • 1
    @SauceBoss Use your mighty collection of dildos, I suppose.
  • 1
    @FelisPhasma Does causal dress extend to
    PJs? :)
  • 1
    @NickyBones ah see now you’re getting it ;)
  • 1
    @NickyBones I don’t think I saw someone in PJs while I was there however I doubt anyone would have thought twice about it!
  • 2
    Developers truly don't tend to dress well. The vast majority just wear tshirts and jeans / shorts with slippers.
    If you dress just a bit fancier, you immediately get called a sales person.
  • 2
    penguins rock. Have a cowboy penguin.
  • 0
    How did it go?
  • 0
    @Prophetcrysis The role was not what I wanted (it was proper software engineering when I wanted something more research-y). But the interviewer was really nice!
  • 0
    @NickyBones Once you get into the company, you can always move to the research roles internally.
  • 1
    @Prophetcrysis They want a PhD for these groups...I checked with people who work there.
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