I actually received some interest on an application I submitted online last week. I was beginning to wonder if people even bothered reading online applications, because I had not received anything back from any of the companies I had applied with. This is after the same companies had taken the time to post job openings on sites like Monster. So, when I checked my e-mail yesterday, I really did not have much hope that I would see anything other than the usual notifications.
Surprise. I had an e-mail from a company! I was invited to go talk to a representative who is in the area doing initial interviews. I was so excited last night and early this morning that I could not sleep and kept worrying about things like "What if I cannot find the building?" or "What if they do not show up?" or "What if it is like the last time I was supposed to go in for an initial interview?" I will explain that last one in a moment.
I got up this morning feeling surprisingly energetic considering I had not slept particularly well. I will probably feel the effects from that in a few hours. I checked to make sure I knew how to get to the building. I was very happy to discover that I had driven by the building on several occasions and it was hard to miss. I walked in feeling somewhat apprehensive and was told to sign in. Once that was accomplished, I was led back into a conference room and handed a job application to fill out by hand. Once I got that filled out, I actually sat down and talked to the company representative.
I thought the initial interview went fairly well. He told me when I could expect a call (late this week or early next; I am hoping for the sooner) and what I could expect after that. He mentioned what starting pay would probably be after taking note of what I had put on my application. He also mentioned what dates specific job sites would be starting (late March, early April). I asked about promotion opportunities and possible transfers should I choose to move. Overall, I am quite optimistic after the conversation. It was shorter than I expected, but there were other applicants waiting to talk to him. Now, I am trying hard not to stalk the phone. There is also a paranoid thought in my head about whether I put the right contact information down. I am laughing at myself right now.
Anyway, last time I had a supposed interview that was scheduled online (via the company's website) I walked in and soon realized they had no idea that I was coming in, that I had applied, etc. I ended up walking away with no interview, no promise of a possible interview, and with a sense of frustration after having spent time thinking about it, worrying about it, and hoping for a positive outcome. I ultimately decided I did not want to work there and opted not to resubmit an applications.
Today was a much better experience.