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Re: On the surface

Posted by James Briggs on November 10, 2005

In Reply to: On the surface posted by Zekerijah on November 10, 2005

: Hi all!

: I had a job interview which did not go as well as I had hopped. Basically, my interviewer was not so sure that I was the right person for the job because he doubted I was interested in a long term commitment to his company. After the interview, I sent an e-mail to my interviewer trying to clarify few things hoping to show him that I am indeed genuinely interested. This was his reply:

: "Somehow your write-up does not come as a surprise. It is clear that your interest in X is on the surface. I will review and get back to you."

: I do not understand what he means by "on the surface." Does he mean that he thinks my interest is shallow? Or does he think that my interest in his company is obvious?

: I was educated in US so by background is in American English. My interviewer is from the Netherlands so his background seems to be in British English. Maybe this is why I have trouble understanding this...

: Your help would be greatly appreciated.

: Best regards,
: Zekerijah

I vote for 'shallow', 'superficial' - something along those lines.