The Interview is Over

Monday, February 14, 2011
I showed up. They asked questions. I answered. We shook hands. And I left. How did it go? I don’t know. It was one of those situations where you know you didn’t do poorly. In fact, I think it was good. However, I don’t know if it was good enough. Know what I mean?

There was no introduction really, no lead up to the actual questions, we just dove right in. Not that that threw me off or anything, it just struck me as odd – Earthquake Girl had the same experience last week when she went for an interview. I was anticipating the “Tell us a little bit about yourself” question as an opener. Nope – tell us how your education and work experience has prepared you for this position and why you think you’d be a good fit (or something similar). Ok dokey…away we go!

Not many standard questions, at least the ones I had prepared myself for. Most of the 8 pages or so of questions were situational questions – “give us an example of…” type of thing. I was able to use my answers to the questions I thought they’d ask and spin them in a way that, I think, was acceptable. There were a couple of questions however that I really stumbled on and one of my answers was just downright not very good. We’ll see.

There were only two people, one man/one woman, who interviewed me; I was expecting three. I’m not complaining. In fact, I preferred that there were just the two; it made connecting with them that much easier. The woman from HR was quite nice, bubbly (aren’t they all), and friendly. The man had a wonderfully dry sense of humor that I absolutely loved. I wish he was the person I would be reporting to if I was offered the job.

So, now I get to spend the next two weeks waiting. Yep, two weeks. To be fair, they’re probably doing interviews this week (I didn’t ask how many people they were meeting with) and then reference checks next week and a decision by the 25th? Fingers crossed. The pressure is off my shoulders and on theirs. I’ve done my part, now its up to them to decide what they thought of me and what wonderful things my references might have to say about me.

I’ll keep you posted.


27thstreet said...

Interviews use up a ton of energy, don't they!

tweetey30 said...

Congrats on the interveiw and I hope you get the new job for yourself. I need a new job but I refuse to go looking for one.I am sick and tired of having more than one w-2 for tax time.

Wandering Coyote said...

Glad it's over with and I'm sure you did great!

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