Q — Have you really had 59 jobs?
A — Yup.
Q — How do we know you’re not just making them up?
A — Made-up jobs would be weirder.
Q — Actually, some of your jobs do seem sort of weird. Did you really model in Paris?
A — Well, not for long. But, yes. All the jobs are real. Nothing is made up. Hey, this isn’t one of those fake memoir things!
Q — How could one person have so many jobs? Did you get fired a lot?
A — Here’s how you rack up 59 jobs in one working lifetime: (1) start young, (2) work more than one job at a time, and (3) work a lot of short-term jobs. I was fired from only one of the jobs. Not a bad record, really.
Q — Which job did you like the most?
A — “House Yankee.” Duties: go to meetings, look pleasant, be American. Pay: $50 an hour. Location: Paris. What a great job.
Q — Which job did you like the least?
A — “Envelope Sorter.” Stupefying work, inhumane conditions, low pay.
Q — Are you as bossy in real life as in the book?
A — I’m not bossy at all! At least I don’t think I am. The book is told from the point of view of Working Girl, who is the bossy one. She really enjoys telling people what to do, I’ve noticed.
Q — But you are Working Girl, aren’t you?
A — More or less. Working Girl is a sassier, bossier version of me. It was easier to write the book that way. And more fun.
Q — Speaking of bossy, were you ever a boss at one of your jobs?
A — A few times. I don’t think I was a very good boss, and, come to think of it, I didn’t have very many good bosses. Being a boss is very hard.
Q –If you could give just one piece of career advice, what would it be?
A — I’d say that the key to success–at job hunting and job keeping–is to (1) figure out the needs of others, and (2) satisfy them.
Q — Really? That’s it?
A — It’s a lot harder than it sounds.
Q — But are you saying people should ignore their own needs?
A — No, never. We need to satisfy our needs! Make time for them; spend energy on them. But when you are trying to convince someone to do something or believe something or buy something (which may be what you need), the way to do it is to address that person’s needs. Try it. It works like magic.