First Interviews

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.

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About emeree

I am an Air Force veteran. I served as a Security Forces troop for nearly seven years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before separating in 2008. My tours of duty were in England and Oklahoma. I live in the Seattle area, which is where I grew up. I used my GI Bill and earned a degree from the University of Washington. I currently work in downtown Seattle and experience all the adventure that comes with that.
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One Response to First Interviews

  1. PeacefulWmn9 says:

    I'm glad the interview went well. Good luck, too, on getting the job : )

    Karen

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