CAREERS: My Big Break - Ihor Andruch is an account manager at CPRi Communications

In September of 1999 I came to Teterboro, NJ on an interview for a PR assistant position. I met with Joe Carabello, president and CEO of CPRi Communications.

In September of 1999 I came to Teterboro, NJ on an interview for a PR assistant position. I met with Joe Carabello, president and CEO of CPRi Communications.

The first thing he asked me was if I had any trouble getting to the CPRi office. I proceeded to tell him that I had gone to a Mets game the night earlier and didn't realize how close the office was to my home. He then asked me if I was a big Mets fan in a way that led me to believe he too was a Mets fan). I told him that I was a diehard and I was sick of the Yankees, their fans, and their championships. As I continued my anti-Yankee diatribe, he stopped me mid-sentence and asked me to turn around and look behind me.

I turned around and his wall was filled with Yankee championship banners, hats, and other items. I turned to him and said, "I really screwed this one up, huh?" Joe smiled and continued on with the interview. After spending another two hours interviewing, he hired me the next day. Since then, I have moved up in the ranks at CPRi. October 3rd is my three-year anniversary here. Who would have known that I would still be here after such a sour first impression?

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