On Friday, May 25, the highly lauded French film “The Intouchables” makes its way to the U.S. after a successful overseas run. The film tells the story of Phillipe, a wealthy quadriplegic man who is looking for a full-time caretaker. He ultimately hires Driss, who has a criminal past and doesn’t want the position or even think he’s actually in the running for it. That indifference to the position is evident in his demeanor during the interview. He wears a hoodie, gives curt answers and doesn’t exhibit all those positive body language tips we recommend. He’s basically the opposite of the ideal job seeker you usually strive to be.
Yet, he gets the job. Phillipe has seen a parade of identical applicants who all have the same educational background, personality and lack of chemistry he needs in a caretaker. He sees something special in Driss, or at least he hopes he sees it. Of course, Phillipe has his doubters who don’t think Driss can do the job. Driss accepts the role and, since we are talking about a movie, the two men form a unique and entertaining friendship. Meanwhile everyone around them is bewildered by the success of their relationship.
“The Intouchables” got us thinking that we’ve all probably been in situations somewhat similar to Driss. Maybe not exactly like him, but close enough that we can relate. Either we went on a job interview just to get the practice but suddenly found ourselves intrigued by the role, or maybe we were eager for a role even though everyone told us we didn’t have a shot. Either way, we’ve been on that side of the interviewer’s desk before, and it’s not always fun.
Together with The Weinstein Company (which produced the film), we want to hear your story and give away a $250 Visa gift card. Answer one of the following three questions in our comments section below, and we’ll select a winner from the responses.
a. Have you ever taken a job you weren’t sure about, only to end up loving it? Tell us about it.
b. What was the most fun/strangest/most unusual interview experience you ever had?
c. Tell us about a time when you took a job that no one thought you could do.
Share your story with us, and hopefully you’ll win the contest. Good luck!
Entries will be accepted from 12:00 a.m. CST on Monday, May 21, 2012 until 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Each account may only submit one answer for consideration; subsequent entries will not be considered. Spam responses will not be considered. The winner will be picked at random and notified via email the week of May 27, 2012. Please read the full list of official contest rules and regulations.