World’s Toughest Job

This story and video has been circulating the internet recently so forgive me if you’ve already heard about it.  A job agency in Boston, MA posted a listing for a “Director of Operations” that was seen by over 2.7 million applicants…however only 24 applied and conducted an online video chat interview.  Why?  It has been named the “World’s Toughest Job” and by reading some of the applicant requirements it is easy to see why only a handful of people in the world would apply or seem qualified.  Some of the requirements include…

  • Must be able to work 135+ hours a week
  • Ability to work overnight, associate needs pending
  • Willingness to forgo any breaks
  • Work mostly standing up and/or bending down
  • Must be able to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Ph.D. in psychology or real-life equivalent
  • Crisis management skills a must
  • Ability to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time
  • Ability to communicate at all levels (basic to advanced)
  • Ability to improvise
  • Proficient in handling sticky situations (literally and figuratively)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple, often conflicting, schedules
  • Ability to make independent decisions on behalf of others
  • Ability to work with associates with minimal ability
  • Ability to work in a chaotic environment
  • Frequent travel; minivan driving experience a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach
  • Flexible when it comes to surprise requests
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in negotiating, counseling and culinary arts
  • Unlimited patience
  • Understanding of social media, mobile devices and video games
  • Understanding of finance
  • Understanding of medicine
  • Selflessly driven
  • Valid driver’s license, CPR certification and Red Cross membership
  • Ability to wear several hats, professional and domestic
  • Positive disposition at all times

Some of the requirements seem unethical, illegal, or simply unrealistic.  135+ hours a week?  However, having worked with the guy conducting the interview and knowing what organizations he has been involved with in the past I was not shocked to learn these requirements were 100% real.  Its best to watch the interviews than to have me tell you who would offer this job and who would take this job.  Would you take this job?

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2 thoughts on “World’s Toughest Job

  1. Haven’t seen it if it’s making the rounds, but I just read the description. I took this job. I’d love to get paid though…

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