Ice Breaker – Interview


Fridays are Ice Breaker days here on The Stretched Blog.  Before we get to this week’s question, I want to ask you to help me out by answering five questions related to short-term missions.  The survey was initially presented on the blog last week, but I understand some had trouble completing the survey on the blog.  After answering the Ice Breaker below, please click here to go directly to the survey.  It will only take a minute (I promise).

Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

(I’m always looking for Ice Breaker question ideas.  If you have an idea, send me an email at  If I use your question, I’ll give you credit and share your links.)

This was a week of interviews for me.  I interviewed to gentlemen for engineering positions in my company, and I had the honor and privilege of being interviewed by Tammy Helfrich for her Right Where You Are Podcast (I’ll let you know when the interview goes live).  Interviewing is interesting.  It can be nerve-racking.  It can be exciting.  And it can certainly be eye-opening.  Today’s Ice Breaker question is inspired by my week of interviews.

Question:  Tell us about your first job interview.

My Answer:  I might be showing my age, but I can’t remember for sure my first job interview, but I can remember one of the first ones.  When I was in college, I needed a summer job between my junior and senior year.  Somehow, I connected with ServiceMaster.  I remember driving over to their office when I was home on break and talking to a few of the managers.  I was impressed by the company and their standards.  They gave me a book written by the founder of ServiceMaster about the Lord being the center of their business.  I was pretty impressed.  I seem to remember receiving a that evening offering me a job.  I was a little nervous at the job interview, and I was extremely excited about the opportunity to work for them over the summer.  The job required me to travel up to New England every week to take inventory on school equipment for their facilities management program.  It was an interesting stepping stone for me, and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to try something new.

Answer this week’s ice breaker question by leaving a comment. I look forward to reading your response! (As always, feel free to share links.) And keep Stretching!

As a reminder, please take a minute to fill out the short-term missions survey.  To get to the survey, click here.