Earlier this week I had a 3.5-plus-hour interview. with six different people (separately), which far surpasses my previous interview record.
Up until I met with person number 6, I was able to think on my feet and answer whatever question or scenario put before me with relative ease. I felt pretty confident during the interviews. And I felt comfortable enough that I even joked with one person that I was hoping she was not going to ask me what I would do with a brick, as I had read online about someone being asked that very thing.
Based on what a few people said, it appeared that my confidence and outgoing personality were tipping the scales in my favor (since I was, quite frankly, lacking some of the qualifications). In fact, one person told me that the other interviewee he talked to, despite being more qualified, seemed timid; another person said I could be taught what was necessary, but personality, which he indicated was a good fit, could not be changed.
As I was reflecting back on my interview while walking in the parking lot of the seventh circle of hell (i.e., Walmart) yesterday, I flashed back to my first interview with my last full-time job, the one I had for 13 years. I was really nervous because I was in the "big city," and I was applying for a position that was so unlike what I was currently doing. I probably did not have a lot to say, and I am sure I did not exactly seem poised. At work the following week, I found out from my reference/coworker that my interviewer was concerned I was introverted. My coworker said it was all she could do not to laugh or drop the phone, and she assured my interviewer that I must have just been nervous.
When I thought about it, I realized that I have about 10 in-person job interviews (I am not counting second interviews) in my adult life. And yet despite my dearth of experience in that area, I have come a long way. Sure, I was really nervous going into Monday's interview, probably the most nervous I had been for awhile, due mostly to the length. But I think deep down I realized I had a lot to offer, and unlike some other people, my personality just might be able to tip the scales in my favor. As Brian said just before my interview, "You will do fine. Everyone loves you. Well, everyone except most of the moms in Jordan's school." ;-)
When my interview was over, I was delivered back to the woman in HR, who said the team thought I was a good fit. She then asked me if I would be interested in doing a three-month contract position to start off (the position was supposed to be full time/permanent). She said she needed to talk with a few people, and then she gave me a few details, including what it would be like on my first day. As I left, she said she would call me the next day. Unfortunately, the next day came and went, and I received an email the following morning informing me that the company decided to pursue other candidates who more closely match their requirements.
Of course, I was extremely disappointed. And confused. I assumed her talking about the contract position meant it was going to happen. But you know what people say about assuming. Regardless, if a similar situation arises, you can bet that I will say something like, "To confirm, you are offering me a contract position, but you just need to work out the details. Is that correct?" Nonetheless, I completely understand and respect their decision to find someone who is more qualified. And, hey, at least I can add marathon interview to my mental list of experiences!
So I am back to the drawing board. I am hopeful that a technical writing class that I had signed up for a few weeks ago will be beneficial. And maybe I will figure out which computer class is the right one for me, so I can advance my skills.
In the meantime, I will hold my head up high and be proud of what I did and who I am. Because I gotta be me. Who else would do it?!