The Job Hunting Saga



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Argh!

Yes, I started with such a word, but sometimes that is exactly how I feel. I know that job hunting has never had an easy history, but you would think after all these years something would make it easier. Maybe even pleasant?

Well, argh!

Okay, I ranted thanks for listening. oh wait? Did you think I was done no I am merely pre-thanking you for staying to listen. Today I went on an interview that took up to 3 hours. As I was regretting skipping my morning coffee my stomach grumbled. It was so loud! I thought the receptionist might come in the conference thinking I needed medical attention. Thank goodness, my stomach had good timing and did not protest during the actual interview.

So back to this interview which started at 9am and proceeded until noon. Let me tell you, this was for a position that stated it was an at home position.

Ah, but like Daddy always said, “read the fine print.” otherwise you will rue the day. I am not saying the company was dishonest, no. The interviewers were very open during the interview, and clarified any concerns I might have with the position. More on this later.

I was given a skills test that involved reading a small children’s book then writing a short essay about it, and what you think of the book. The test was not so bad. Of course, I am the worst test taking person. I get so nervous when tested, even if I know the information. Then the next step is the face to face interview.

There were lots of questions on handling customers and resolving issues. I feel I was being auditioned more than interviewed. The interviewers wanted to know how I might have solved irate or distressed customer issues. They really went through the résumé. It’s nice to know someone is reading my résumé.

It seems that the training takes place at an office site and once trained can earn to get on the “at home” rotation. This education is estimated to last average of two to three months. Two to three months? But I have a home office waiting to be used! Sigh. Okay, I kept my smile on and figured that the salary was worth the training at an office site.

Once the interview was over I was offered a drink, and the restroom. The interviewers went to discuss, with their general manager, if I would be moving to the further into the “employed” stage. I waited for at least an hour before one of the interviewers returned to let me know they “weren’t” moving further on with the hiring process.

WT????

Okay, there are some good things I can take from this. The glass is always half full, right?

1. They spent a long time with me. They must have seen some potential. (Yet they didn’t hire me,hmmm?)

2. The universe must be telling me something. (I don’t know. I just had my heart set on a couple of other applied to jobs. Luck be a lady tonight.)

3. Really there is no three. Everyone was nice and polite but they could have sent me home then discussed things with the general manager. (I was having coffee withdrawals.)

That’s it, my “argh” day. I am not sad that I didn’t get the job just slightly disappointed. Rejection is not an easy criticism to take even when it is constructive criticism. I really felt they liked me during the interview. Either way it was good interview practice. I kept thinking this is what is must feel like trying to get a job at a law firm. I tell you, the interviewers were very thorough.

Who wouldn’t be a little disappointed that’s just human nature. No worries though because I still have a couple of interviews in the wings. So wish me luck as I continue onward in my job hunting saga.

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