Interviewer: Hello. My name's Hudson. Dick Hudson.
Applicant: I'm Pamela Gable.
Interviewer: Well, take a seat, please. Miss Gable—it is Miss, isn't it? Thought so. Well, let me just check that I've got these particulars right. Your surname is Gable, spelt G-A-B-L-E, and your first names are Pamela Ann ... Fine. You live at 147 Collington Road, Croydon ... your telephone number is 246 8008 ... you were born on July 8th, 1965, and ... that's about it ... OK? Fine ... Let's see ... what are you working with at the moment?
Applicant: I'm the personal assistant to the manager of a modelling agency.
Interviewer: Oh, really? And what does that involve?
Applicant: A bit of everything, really. I have to keep the accounts, write a few letters, answer the telephone, look after bookings and engagements and that sort of thing.
Interviewer: You work with people a lot, do you?
Applicant: Oh yes. I have to look after all the models who work for us, you know, keep them happy, lend an understanding ear to their heartaches, you know.
Interviewer: Have you ever done anything to do with hotels or conferences—hotel management, for instance?
Applicant: No, not really. I did work for a short time as a courier for a tour operator, taking foreigners on guided tours of London. Perhaps that's the sort of thing you mean?
Interviewer: Yes, I think it is. Do you speak any languages?
Applicant: Yes, I do. I speak French and Italian—you see, I spent several years abroad when I was younger.
Interviewer: Oh, did you? That's very interesting. And what about any exams you've taken?
Applicant: Well, I left school at 16. You know, there didn't seem to be any point in staying on somehow; I was sure I could learn much more by getting a job and a bit of experience and independence.
Interviewer: So you have no formal qualifications at all? I see ... Well, I don't suppose it matters.
Applicant: Um ... I was wondering if perhaps you could tell me a bit more about the job? You know, it said in the ad that you wanted a go ahead girl with car and imagination, but that's not very much to go on.
Interviewer: No, it isn't. Well, we run conferences, and your job as conference coordinator would be, well, much the same as the one you have now, I suppose. Meeting people, transporting them from one place to another, making sure they're comfortable, a bit of telephoning, and so on.
Applicant: It sounds like just the sort of thing I want to do.
Interviewer: There is the question of salary, of course.
Applicant: Well, my present salary is 8,000 pounds, so I couldn't accept any less than that. Especially if I have to use my car.
Interviewer: Ah! We have something like 7,500 in mind, plus of course a generous allowance for the car. But look, if I were you, I'd take some time to think about this. Perhaps you'd care to have a quick look round the office here, see if you like the look of the people who work here.
Applicant: What do you think I should do then ...?
Ann: When did you discover that you had this talent for hypnosis, Dr. Parker?
Dr. Parker: When I was a final year medical student, actually. I'd been reading a lot about it and decided to try it myself on a few friends, you know—using certain well-tried techniques.
Ann: And you were successful.
Dr. Parker: Well, yes. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to do it.
Ann: Could you tell me more about these techniques?
Dr. Parker: Certainly. My method has changed very little since I started. To begin with, I get the subject to lie comfortably on a sofa, which helps to relax the body. You see, in order to reach a person's mind, you have to make him forget his body as much as possible. Then I tell him to concentrate on my voice. Some experts claim that the sound of the voice is one of the most powerful tools in hypnosis.
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