All right, well … most of you surmised – probably because I have no life and make no bones about being out of work – I had a job interview this afternoon, and now I can tell you how it went.
First, I was scheduled for a standard, face-t0-face interview with the hiring manager today at the same time. A couple of days later, I found out she wouldn’t be able to have the in-person interview for personal reasons and my appointment was changed to a phone interview. I got the dial-in information from the company HR recruiter and promptly dialed in at my specified time.
The first thing I did was announce my presence on the call. Someone answered – a (very) young lady – and when I asked if she was the interview, she replied she was not; she was the interviewEE.
She said she’d been scheduled for the same time slot. I told her I was too. She sort of giggled and said, “Oh!” Yeah, I’m thinking, greaaaaaaat; team interview. It’s a new gameshow. Best interviewee gets the job in a head-to-head competition involving blood and phone insults.
Ah, but my cynicism was for naught. It turns out two other company reps took the hiring managers place in the interview, to no one’s surprise. They informed the young lady she was supposed to call in first thing this morning. She explained her appointment for 8 a.m. was changed to a phone interview, same as mine, at 1 p.m. according to the email she got … same as mine. There were a couple of muttered, unintelligible exchanges by the company reps, and then she was asked to call back an hour later. She agreed, and we got on with the interview.
That was the height of the excitement. Over the course of the interview, I didn’t get many questions, but the few I got, I was able to answer in thorough detail. In fact, on three occasions, one of the interviewers said, “That’s a great answer, thank you!” I felt that was a good sign.
I’ve been fooled before. I’ve had things go, in my perception, well in an interview and be told I didn’t get the job. I’m positive there will be a second interview because the hiring manager couldn’t be there, and the next one will be face-to-face (which will provide angst over whether to shave my goatee again), and they’ll get a look at me in all my fat, pimply, beady-eyed glory.
But this is the FIRST interview I’ve had since April or May (can’t remember which), and there wasn’t a Wonderlic test involved, so I’m very, very grateful.
And thanks to all of you for your support.
God bless, and have a great weekend.
Related articles by Zemanta
- Relax, Job Seeker. Hiring Managers Understand. (usnews.com)
- Don’t Say These Things In A Job Interview [Advice] (consumerist.com)
- When lying is appropriate in a job interview (cnn.com)
- Know the Answers to These Questions Before Your Job Interview [Job Search] (lifehacker.com)