"Oh shit" -- this guy
It's been ten years since BBC data support job applicant Guy Goma was mistaken for music industry expert Guy Kewney and put on live air to discuss the court case between Apple Computer and the Beatles' record label Apple Corps. If you've never seen the video it's a treat, like frozen yogurt with sprinkles. He nails it. Unfortunately, Guy did not get the job he came for, which is a shame because clearly this man is a quick thinker and team player. If I had owned a business ten years ago I would have scooped him up and made him CEO. You goofed, BBC. This guy could have been a stand-in for any expert you ever needed and nobody would have known the wiser. I remember when I first watched the video ten years thinking to myself, "Damn, now that's an expert who really knows his stuff."
Keep going for the video and a transcript of the interview.
Karen Bowerman: Well, Guy Kewney is editor of the technology website Newswireless. [Camera flashes to Goma, with look of confusion and horror] Hello, good morning to you.
Goma: Good morning.
KB: Were you surprised by this verdict today?
Goma: I am very surprised to see...this verdict to come on me, because I was not expecting that. When I came, they told me something else and I am coming. "You got an interview," that's all. So a big surprise anyway.
KB: A big surprise, yeah, yes.
KB: With regards to the cost that's involved, do you think now more people will be downloading online?
Goma: Actually, if you can go everywhere you're gonna see a lot of people downloading through Internet and the website, everything they want. But I think it is much better for the development and...eh...to inform people what they want, and to get on the easy way, and so faster if they are looking for.
KB: This does really seem to be the way the music industry's progressing now, that people want to go onto the website and download music.
Goma: Exactly. You can go everywhere on the cyber cafe, and you can take...you can go easy. It is going to be an easy way for everyone to get something through the Internet.
KB: Guy Kewney, thanks very much indeed.
Thanks to Brian M, who agrees this man is clearly overqualified for whatever job he came for.