Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hold That Phone

About that phone interview that I had yesterday: it was a bit exhausting.

It was supposed to last about an hour and it clocked in at about 15 minutes over that (some of that overage can be attributed to my rambling tendencies); it felt like a mash-up of all of the worst kinds of interview questions. This was an evaluation interview so the interviewer was following a specific set of questions and was typing my responses into her computer. I wasn't allowed to ask for any explanation or clarification of the questions. I was only allowed to ask for the question to be repeated. I won't go into specifics right now, but there were lots of questions followed either by "can you give an example of [particular trait and/or situation]?" or, "can you rate yourself [regarding trait] on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being high?" At one point, one of the earlier questions was repeated and I'm guessing it was probably to see if I would change my answer or be tripped up by it. I think I did okay but I know that I could have answered some of the questions better and that I rambled on a bit too much on a lot of them. I kicked myself about that after it was over and I hope that I didn't sink my chances with that company. I was told that I'd hear something from them next week so here's to hoping that it's to offer me a job and not to turn me down.

*crosses fingers*

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Now Get On With Your Life!

So, as usual, it's been a long long time since I've posted anything on here. Always with those "I'm gonna try to post more!" BS lines. If you, my constant and faithful readers, haven't figured out by now that I am a sporadic blogger, you may never figure it out.

Now for an update:

I graduated (again) but don't get too excited, it's just another bachelor's degree. As I've mentioned previously, I've been studying computers and IT stuffydoodles. I finished up in mid-December and after a nice holiday I started searching for jobs. So far I've had three interviews and a meeting with a recruiter for an IT staffing agency who is basically pimping me out to various companies in hopes of landing me either a full-time permanent position or contract position. All three of the interviews I've landed myself so kudos to me! I'm waiting on one position from the staffing agency but so far have not heard anything about getting an interview. I felt that all three of my interviews went well. I came out of each feeling very confident. Of those three, I have received two rejection emails. One of the positions I'm glad that I wasn't chosen because I don't think I would have liked working there. It was in a call center and as I walked in and waited for the interview to start, bad vibes/memories of my previous work in a call center came to mind. So no tears over that one. The other position I got rejected for felt like it would have been a great job. I thought I nailed the interview and it sounded like it would have been a really cool place to work at. Of course they make it sound great in the interview, but it still seemed like it would have been a quality entry-level position. The third interview was just last week and I'm very excited about it (but not too excited, lest I get another rejection). I actually have a second interview with them today, this time over the phone. This one, if the phone interview goes well and I still get rejected, will hurt a bit. Such is life, eh? I'll try to post an update on my job hunt soon. I know you're all just dying to find out!