SEVERAL PEOPLE SIT in a room. They seem bored, but they remain seated. A woman comes out of a door, she asks, “Jud Hawk?”
One young man stands and says, “I’m Jud Hawk.”
The woman motions for him to follow her.
The two go into an office. The woman sits behind a desk, Jud Hawk sits on a chair, in front of the desk.
The woman shuffles some papers and then says, “Mr. Hawk, you have the worst evaluation that I have ever seen.”
Jud Hawk leans forward and asks the lady, “Is my evaluation so bad that I can’t stay here at Desert Base Nine?”
The woman studies the face of Jud Hawk for a few moments and then says, “No, that’s not the case.”
Jud Hawk leans back and states, “Then, I fail to see the relevance.”
“You don’t seem to get along well with people.”
Jud seems to consider the matter for a few moments and then he says. “I try to always be polite, however, I can also deal with people who aren’t too polite. I would rate my people handling skills on the usual zero to ten scale as at least an eleven.”
“The ability to kill people, in hand to hand combat, is not one of the skills that we normally include in our evaluations of people handling skills.”
“That viewpoint would tend to reduce my people handing scores by a certain amount.”
“You graduated from college and then went to work for the Aardvark Technical Corporation, as a computer programmer.”
“I graduated from college and I was then hired by the Aardvark Technical Corporation, as a Computer Programmer Three. The job title was awarded only after I had completed a battery of technical tests, with outstanding scores.”
“Yes. You completed a slightly different battery of technical tests here, also with outstanding scores. What happened?”