Classics: Guy Comes In For Job Interview, Mistakenly Gets Interviewed On Live TV As Industry Expert

May 11, 2016


"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.
Goma: Exactly.
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 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 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.

  • "Goma didn't get the job - but he did become an internet legend."

    GOOD FOR HIM! That's like being the caveman that didn't catch anything to eat, starved to death in his cave and became a fossilized relic at the Smithsonian. Who cares if he has a means to live or not? At least he's famous!

  • GeneralDisorder

    I believe "cooney" is a cockney slang for a black person so that's
    probably what happened. The person who brought him in must have assumed
    "man named Guy who is black" and just dumped him in front of a camera.

    Got to say, he handled it well.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    I bet someone just said, "Let's put some African Guy from the world of technology on the telly!"

    Mission Accomplished!

  • Matt Dunleavy

    This is so old? It's 10 years since Guy Goma became a celebrity after he was mistaken for an internet expert and interviewed on BBC News TV.

  • MostlyPonies

    First sentence on the page:
    "It's been ten years since BBC data support job applicant Guy Goma was mistaken for music industry expert Guy Kewney..."

  • Wilf Smith

    Who has time to read ?! Matt Dunleavy is very busy you know !

  • Awe. Kind of an adorable video. I didn't really care for the pink panther-esque intro/outro, but I think this poor guy did an amazing job. I'd have vacated all orifices.

  • Bling Nye

    Everyone's orifices, or just yours? Either way, I'd probably watch. The internet is groooooss.

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