Long story but bear with me: I was interviewing for a job 20 years ago (pre-EET). We're sitting in the publisher's office and he spreads his arms wide and gazes around his space.
"What do you notice about this office?"
This was a question I had not anticipated, and for a moment I was stumped. He had the usual groupie pictures with famous people, a stand-up carboard cutout of some actor, a marlin hanging on the wall, etc.
All I could muster in response was "Um, it's neat?"
He nearly jumped across his desk to hug me. "Exactly! I'm a fanatic about neatness."
It turns out he was feuding with a reporter who had mounds of press releases and reporters notebooks spilling off his desk, onto the floor and out into the cubicle walk way. That pissed him off.
How would I handle a situation like that, he asked, pointedly.
"If it deters his ability to break stories and make deadlines, it's a problem."
I didn't yet know the reporter, but he turned out to be one of our best.
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