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We were excited to be talking about our many job interviews. When it came to the hiring process, we actually had a lot to say. Once we'd lied and said we never had any intention of being hired by those companies, I began to believe that what we had been doing all along was indeed art. The next day, the news website posted our story under the headline 'Subway Pranksters Lay Siege On Our Lack of Imagination.' Next to the article there was one picture of our sword fight, another of M tangled up in the blue cord and of the large crowd that gathered to watch us about halfway into our battle. The stories we'd told about our job interviews made up the largest part of the article. "Not bad, huh?" "An Arts Reporter indeed. His article actually makes us look like real artists." From the day the article went online, we became celebrities. A filmmaker contacted us about shooting a documentary called 'Street Artists' and one university called, wanting us to lecture on the subject of 'Transformative Thinking.' We got several requests for interviews and we turned all of them down with the exception of one, an advertising firm that asked us to screen job applicants for them. When it came to the hiring process, we were confident. Of course they weren't giving us the final say on whether the applicants would be hired. We were two out of total of ten interviewers. But we were excited at the prospect of asking the questions for a change. The night before our first interviews, M and I were talking strategy. Not so long before we had been the ones being evaluated, but now we would be the ones handing out the scores. But nothing else had changed. We were focused only on what would make the hiring process more exciting. "Hey, I got a call just now from these guys asking us to be in charge of their interviews too." "How many does that make? Are we turning into interview specialists?" "I like the sound of that. Interview specialists. Let's do that." There were plenty of companies around, and companies were always hiring new employees. There would always be work available. If we put in a little effort, it seemed that we could make a living as interview consultants. After discussing our ideas for the interviews at the advertising firm, we got to work preparing some party crackers. We planned to set them off suddenly in the middle of the

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[korean short stories]kim junghyuk, the glass shield  
[korean short stories]kim junghyuk, the glass shield  
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