Guy Goma, or How to Go with the Flow

In 2006, Congolese immigrant Guy Goma showed up at the BBC for a job interview. Waiting in the lounge, a producer appeared asking if he was “Guy”. “Yes, I am Guy”, Guy said, presumably.

He was the escorted into a studio and placed in front of a camera for an interview segment live on the air. The producer had meant to retrieve technology expert Guy Kewney, who was supposed to be in the same waiting room, and by mistake now placed the noticeably confused Mr. Goma in the interview chair.

Before Guy figured out what was going on, it was too late, the cameras were running and TV host Karen Bowerman was asking him questions about a landmark Apple Corps. vs. Apple Computers case. (Turns out an Apple a day doesn’t keep lawyers away.)

Watch Goma get immediately flustered to be on the air only to respond to Bowerman’s questions with an admirable effort, despite having no idea what he’s talking about. He talks in heavily French-accented English, and you can perhaps tell from his mentioning of “cyber cafes” that Goma was not fully versed in the topic. Still, you have to admire the man for not wanting to ruin the segment he was mistakenly placed in and for gamely trying to answer the questions to the best of his ability.

Later, once he had finished the on-air interview, Goma had his actual job interview 10 minutes later. He failed to get the job, unfortunately. He did however, gain the moniker “Wrong Guy” out of it all.

Goma’s “go with the flow” attitude caught the world’s attention, and he was invited on as guest on a number of television shows to talk about his experiences.

A week after the BBC appearance, he was invited to Channel 4 News where the presenter jokingly introduced him as a Venezuelan doctor/lawyer. I don’t have video of that interview, but hopefully Guy didn’t give out bad legal advice on account of him not being an attorney. Although, I wouldn’t put it past him to convincingly appear as a legal expert given his experience.

What do we learn from this? Always say yes and go with the flow, and maybe you too will be mistaken for a Guy and made slightly famous.

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About Arto

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12 Responses to Guy Goma, or How to Go with the Flow

  1. Not sure I’d want that kind of pressure for instant fame, but what a way to rally on the spot.

  2. Rio says:

    Gawd I hate job interviews that go like that!

  3. Dave says:

    Wow, that was awesome and a bit awkward, but I think he handled it with aplomb! I would be so curious to find out what was going through his mind when that was happening!

  4. Dave says:

    That look on his face when he realizes he’s the “Wrong Guy” is remarkable! You’ve gotta respect his reaction, and frankly, that was probably the best thing he could have done given the circumstances – it would’ve been way weirder if he just said he was the wrong fellow and walked away!

  5. kerbey says:

    Oh, that’s so embarrassing! Painful to watch. Who woulda thunk there’d be two Guys in one building? In school, I had a classmate named Guy Bob for years and then in high school, he just decided he was going to only be Guy. And we were all AS IF. But he managed to get rid of the Bob. We also had a Bubba who decided to be Billy in high school, but that’s another story….

    • Arto says:

      Surely a Bubba could never shed his Bubba.

      The odds of this were so low I can see why neither Guy nor the person fetching him for the interview caught the mistake.

      “You’re Guy?”
      “Yes, here for the interview.”
      “Righty-o then, ‘ave a cuppa tea and step right in there.”

  6. wdydfae says:

    Always say yes and go with the flow

    Oh, thanks, Arto. Just thanks. I’m under house arrest for following that advice.

    Or, to loosely paraphrase Amb, my life as a really, really bad Jim Carrey movie.

    • Arto says:

      Haha, I actually love the book that movie is based on, but they kept nothing but the basic concept for the film.

      Oh, and sorry about that. Do you need me to bribe your local law enforcement people at this juncture?

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