This Really Happened
Input personal information. Check.
Input educational history. Check.
Input employment history. Check.
Let’s look at that a little closer. (Sorry it’s blurry; I enlarged it.)
What kind of question is this? Are they trying to weed out spam applications? (Do those even exist?) Or are they just weeding out people who aren’t game? Are they looking for somebody who is brimming with positivity and creativity and willing to sound really stupid to get a job? The fact is, I’m not game. Maybe if I hadn’t already been doing applications for three hours at this point. Maybe, but probably not. At the risk of sounding like someone who needs to be punched, I care too much about literature to compose some stupid “Ode to the Records Office” or “Thoughts Upon Teaching Undergrads to Write Persuasively.” I also will not paint a picture, compose a symphony, or choreograph an interpretive dance.
Just somebody hire me to answer your phones already!