9/17/2015 0 Comments
interview write up
Cecilia has recently graduated from college and moved to New York City. She is currently living in a three-bedroom apartment with two other female roommates. One of the is still a senior in college while the other one is working in a educational institute in Brooklyn. Every morning when Cecilia gets up, she finds herself in a difficult situation: she really needs to use the bathroom, but usually it is occupied.
The apartment the girls currently live in has only one bathroom. Furthermore, there is no walls to separate the toilet bowl with the shower. This means that even if one of her roommates is in the shower and not using the toilet, she still can not go in and release herself.
Perhaps the problem would be solved if everybody could sit down and work out a morning schedule that suits everybody’s need. But Cecilia is just not that lucky. Her roommate who works at the educational institute only works there part-time, which means her schedule is not fixed for each day. The same problem goes to the second roommate, who has to get up early for class on some of the days in a week, and prefers to sleep in for the rest.
The bathroom schedule is only one of the inconveniences for Cecilia. Another great example could be the use of kitchen. Since they don’t really know each other very well, they cook and eat separately, which means they each will have to cook herself one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner everyday, and the kitchen will have to witness 9 cooking activities in the meantime. Since their schedule are so flexible, the time they need for the kitchen often overlap, and sometimes their could be no clean dishes left for the last person.
Cecilia has thought about moving out and getting a place on her own, but right now show won't be able to afford it. She could really use some help with the schedule conflicts.
The reason why Cecilia can't afford a place of her own is, apart from the fact that this is New York City, of course, that she just graduated from college and has not landed a job yet. For the recent two month, she has been going through dozens of job-hunting websites, handing in hundreds of applications and resumes, and going to tons of interviews. She felt really frustrated because more than half of the effort is a complete waste of time. Many of the entries she looked at contains either incomplete or inaccurate information. Some are being very vague and abstract about the job title, providing no clue what specific skill this position requires or what the responsibilities will be; some even deliberately left out some important information, such as salary, working location, etc.
Without these critical information, the filters on most job-hunting websites are simply not usable. Cecilia often sees a job she likes, looks through the details, and find no info about working location at all. It is not until her second round of interview that she was told that the company is based in New York, but the position is in a remote place like Seattle or Phoenix. She is wondering if there’s an easier solution.
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