Friday, November 7, 2008

3K Triple-One Hunt—Cover Of The Book

I am taking a short break from analysing and discussing hunt questions to talk a bit about people in general.

Everyone has a favourite food (s); what's yours? Pizza? Fries? Steak?...

Fine, let's imagine that I am treating you to all these favourite foods of yours. And I'll buy the jumbo size too. You have skipped lunch in anticipation of the glorious dinner. So you are eagerly waiting at the dinner table. I have all your favourite foods as promised, but instead of serving them with a tray, I am using a toilet-bowl cover; and there're flies all over the food.

You see, in life most of the time the way the food is served and presented to you counts for a lot. Because of how it is served, you may lose your appetite even if it's your favourite food.

Don't judge a book by its cover

That is a famous line we've all heard of. Unfortunately, in life a lot of the time we can't help but judge a book by its cover. The book publishers will tell you that they'd spend a substantial amount of money to design the covers of their books. People are attracted to the books through the covers. Of course they are many other factors that sell books too. It is human nature to judge a book by its cover.

A lazy bum I know left school after form 3. He's been switching from one job to another; and if taken as a whole, he has spent his life unemployed more than being employed. There was once when he went to look for a job at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet. It was a walk-in interview thing. He came home grumbling that the outlet manager did not even give him a chance.

Well, this joker went for the interview in toilet slippers. He wore shabby clothes; long hair covering his eyes. And he had an earring too. I told him I would have been very surprised if the manager gave him a chance—he must be out of his freakin' mind!

Presentation does count! And the first impression means a lot! People who don't really know you will judge you based on those!

And if that is not bad enough, people have the tendency to compare too. So if your peers are all well-dressed when they attend the interview, don't complain when they get to fill up the vacancy first.

When you are clerking treasure hunts for the first few times, apart from trying very hard to prepare sound questions, try not to screw up on the presentation. Always remember that you can kill the appetite because of the way you serve your dishes.

Therefore, you have to seriously do something to minimise sloppiness. If you present something which is plagued with mistakes upon mistakes on the question papers and the so-called tulips, how do you reckon the hunters will view you?

So spend some time to check and double-check all your servings, for goodness sake! And who knows one of these days, when the time is right and there is no more sloppiness, I, too, will be eager to attend your dinner party!

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