I'll Save You!

So, I was contacted yesterday about getting chosen to be one of only approximately 4,013 applicants for a job that I kind of covet, kind of not. As far as I'm concerned, I've bagged it.

This is just the first step in a long process to get said job as an emergency dispatcher. You can stop laughing now. Thank you.

In order to narrow down their choices for eventual interviews, you must first go through three energy-draining, stress-inducing, armpit-chafing tests.

The first test: the typing test. You must be able to type at least 35 words a minute. I can type approximately 82 words per minute, give or take a word. So, obviously, I've got that cat in the bag before you can say "Jack Sprat". How's that for mixing similes?

The second test: the language test. Being an Ontarian who lives close to the Quebec border, where they speak a lot of very bad French, one must be able to speak both "official" languages, those being English and French, or as the Quebecois demand, le Francais and English. I am very afraid of the language test. Apparently, it's done over the phone by some company that conducts -- yes, language tests. I am guessing they have a conversation with you to see how much you can understand and say without looking like a complete and utter fool. I went through French Immersion for eight years, from Grade 7 to Grade 13, so as far as I'm concerned, I should be bilingual enough. Oops, that's only seven years. Guess I wouldn't pass a math test if that was part of this process! heh heh

Anyway, I haven't used a lot of my French in the past, say, 25 years, so let's just say it's a little brittle, a little rough around the edges. Let's put it this way: I sound like a twit. "Je ner said pas comment dire ca." Roughly translated: "I don't know how to say that." So, we shall see...I'll let you know.

The third test is a computer test, to determine how good you are at screwing up multi-tasking on the computer. It apparently takes 1.5 hours to complete. What in heaven's name could they give you to do that would take that much time to complete? Please enlighten me, world. In that time, I could wash all the dishes in the house, do 5 loads of laundry, iron all Mr. Handsome's shirts, take Gryphon for an hour-long walk, and give birth to twins.

All this before the actual interview.

And all this for what?

For this:

and this:

and this:

oh, and this:

Please pray for me.


kel said…
screw you, I'm praying for me, lady!
I just want to have a small kitchen fire or something.....
well damn after all of that you are going to need a raise!!!! ooooh but wait if you get to see that, and that ,and that *drooling* oh who needs a raise!! Anyway GOOD LUCK to you!!!!
Just A Chic... said…
Oh girl, you got it! In the bag. Just remember to post lotsa pictures when you start!
ooooohhhhh....sign me up! I can LEARN french and I've always wanted to live in Canada. Not really, but I have always in the last 2 minutes wanted to live in Canada!
Good luck on the interview!
♥, Lilly
Cathy Winsby said…
lol....the volunteer firefighters on the department we used to live near definately didn't look like these guys....ours were a little (lot)thicker around the middle.

Good luck with the tests!
Danita said…
My oh my! I'd have to say it's all worth it then!

Good luck!!!
Sandi said…
I'm praying! Thank you for the men! I needed them today!
Jenni Jiggety said…
Oooh! Hunky firemen, wet ones in particular, are worth that language test! GOOD LUCK!
Soxy Deb said…
I don't have a thing against moving to Canada.
How do I apply for this job?
~*Jobthingy*~ said…

great pics

i thought about applying for that once.

then the whole many graveyards thing got to me.

the high stress wasnt very appealing either.

so i tossed the idea

but LUCK
Eudea-Mamia said…
Pray for what...that you're not going to Hell for having impure thoughts?

Move over sister, I feel a heatwave coming on!!
Anonymous said…
He-e-ey! ;)
Shupe said…
je ne say cois?
J'aim tu !!!!

ahhh, I needed some eye candy today for sure!

oh la la tres chaud!

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