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Thursday 7 September 2017

Guy Breaks Down In Tears Interviewing For His Dream Job And Still Nails It

Guy Breaks Down In Tears Interviewing For His Dream Job And Still Nails It

Boon Cotter has some advice for us all, and it comes from the greatest teacher: experience. See, Boon once broke down crying in a job interview, and it still worked out for him.

Obviously, it's not a tactic you want to pull out every time, but here's why it worked for him.

Fresh off a plane from his native Australia, Boon had an interview for his dream job with video game studio Naughty Dog.

They're the makers of hits like the Uncharted series and The Last Of Us. Like so many of us, he was a huge fan of their work, and when some of the company's heavy hitters walked into the room, he felt a bit intimidated. He admits it affected his answers. 

But one question threw him for a loop: "Why do you want to work at Naughty Dog?"

"I began to answer a true, but rote, response: you're the best, blah, blah, blah," he recalls. "But then I stopped and said... 'Ugh. No. It's Bill (from TLoU).' And everyone looked at me with this kind of bemused curiosity."

As Boon explained, he had never encountered a character so like himself in a game. "I told them it was the first time I'd seen a gay man portrayed as this gruff, masculine, tragically heroic type of character," he says.

"He wasn't a punchline to a joke. He wasn't overtly stereotypical. A lot of players didn't even pick up that he was gay. I told them that I saw myself represented for the first time. A burly, hairy, daddy bear character, a guy I respected and understood."

"That made me fall in love with everyone here," he said. "And telling them that made me start crying."

"Who cries in a job interview?" It should have been an interview disaster, but instead, he got the job. "Moral to the story: Don't underestimate authenticity," he says. "Be raw, be vulnerable, be real. That's where your uniqueness shines."

What do you think? Good advice, or did it just happen to work out for him? Let us know in the comments

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