Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I got an interview!!

Woo hoo! When my cell phone rang at 9 am on the dot, I knew there was a 94% chance that it would be job-related, so I jumped out of bed (yeah, yeah, I was still sleeping) to answer it. Sure enough, it was one of the employers to which I had applied for a training position. She asked me a bunch of questions, the standard interview fare, which I guess has now become the standard pre-interview fare. Like, "What are your strengths?" (Attention to detail, time management, organization) "What are your weaknesses?" (Easily frustrated with incompetence--not with trainees, with them I'm extremely patient--and struggling with diplomacy) "Why did you leave your last job?" (The boss was an egomaniac) She asked if I had any questions, and I asked about their timeline for filling the position. She said they are working pretty quickly on this. In my head, I thought about how the job posting was dated 12/15 on Monster--either their definition of quickly differs from mine, or it's just NOW that they've decided to jump on the ball. I also asked where the job is located--it's in Morrisville, which is not a bad commute. She gave me her phone number and said I could call her to follow up if I hadn't heard anything in a week or so. Very considerate, since at most jobs you never know one way or the other.

Not 45 minutes later, the phone rang again--while I was writing the above paragraph! It was the same company calling back to set up an interview!!! I have to prepare a 15 minute training presentation on any topic, which is so exciting...that means I will get to show them what I'm made of, for real. I always felt like answering questions in an interview did not convey my true talents, so this is a great opportunity. They offered me two interview times: tomorrow at 3, or Friday at 10. Normally I would have taken tomorrow, but I took Friday just to have an extra day to prepare! After I got off the phone, I was jumping up and down with glee, the the point where I scared my cat!

I could not be more excited, or more relieved. I was beginning to wonder if I should just go back to school, or lower my standards and take a boring secretary job. I sure do hope this works out! Rest assured I will report all the details here. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

8 comments:

  1. Good luck! I know that you will do so well.

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  2. yippee!!
    what an awesome "interview" process!
    good luck - i know you'll shine
    will be thinking of you on friday.
    what are you going to base your presentation on?
    (you could teach knitting (the "wrong" way) - haha)

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  3. How Exciting!
    I'm sure you will wow them with your training skills. Can't wait to "read all about it."

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  4. That's excellent news--good luck for Friday!!

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  5. Employers always seem to think they're moving quickly when, in fact, it's not very quick at all. :)

    Anyway, congrats on the interview. I'm sure you'll do quite well. And, you know, lowering your standards doesn't usually work out. Hang in there for the job you want.

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  6. Fuckin you got this shit!! SEMPER FIDELIS MARINES! Its all you Melissa. You are what I wish I was when it came to interviews. By the way im stealing all of your answers! HAHA! Love, you know who

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  7. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words of support. I hope to do you all proud!

    As for you, Semper Fi, tone down the language please!

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