George Osborne before he was famous

The FT’s Gideon Rachman recalls interviewing a young George Osborne for a job with the Economist at the fag-end of the last century. I don’t know what the Economist’s HR department would think about Gideon revealing details of supposedly confidential recruitment interviews, even if it is thirteen years after the event, but as he gives George a good write-up it probably doesn’t matter. The funny thing is, he thinks he did the Chancellor-to-be a favour by not giving him the job. In a parallel universe, George Osborne is a donnish writer on economics and finance, while someone else is Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Fortunately for me, I’m unlikely to become famous enough for it to be worth anyone’s while to tell stories of my past job applications. Which is just as well because some of them really were train-wrecks.

Hat Tip: Freethinking Economist

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