Of Godhood and Madness (3/1/98)

Thanks to MacNN, we happened across a fascinating account of one person's brush with Steve Jobs. The Upside.com article is titled, appropriately enough, "Nine Minutes with God," and it doesn't paint a terribly flattering portrait of Apple's interim CEO. In fact, not only does it confirm all of the old reports of Steve being nearly impossible to work for, it really makes the recent rumors of his screaming temper tantrums at board meetings much more believable.

The article follows the story of a former senior Human Resources executive at Sun, who, as a big Mac booster, was persuaded to apply for the vacant Vice President of HR position at Apple. After ten weeks of grueling interviews, she eventually found herself on the short list of candidates, and was to be interviewed by Steve Jobs himself. After rescheduling the interview once after she had already shown up, Jobs met with her for nine minutes, in which he told her that her credentials were unsuitable (because "Sun is no Apple"), asked her why she'd changed jobs so many times over the past four years, and when questioned as to why he wanted a VP of HR in the first place, he allegedly answered, "I've never met one of you who didn't suck. I've never known an HR person who had anything but a mediocre mentality."

To be fair, our own extremely limited experience with HR personnel happens to mesh perfectly with Jobs' opinion, but if this interview is any indication of the way he's interviewing candidates for the CEO position, it's not terribly surprising that Apple's still looking for a new top dog. Who'd want to work at a company after going through an interview like that?

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The above scene was taken from the 3/1/98 episode:

March 1, 1998: More tales of Steve Jobs' legendary "difficult personality" shed some light onto Apple's troublesome CEO search. Meanwhile, despite Microsoft's eventual agreement to allow its licensees to ship Windows systems sans IE, no one's actually taking them up on the offer, and CompUSA's Sunday circular shows a baby step in the right direction...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 496: So Who's Switching? (3/1/98)   While the Redmond Justice case has been quiet lately, we just had to mention the number of Wintel manufacturers that have taken advantage of their new option of shipping Windows 95 without Internet Explorer preinstalled: zero...

  • 497: The Ads Begin (3/1/98)   If you haven't been living in a cave for the last couple of months, you know that Apple's pulled out of all national retail chains except for CompUSA, which has, unfortunately, been doing a rather halfhearted job of advertising its Apple computers...

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