#MicroblogMondays- Finally! Hope for the Future…

I know I’ve been missing in action over the last week, but I have a good reason- I’ve been preparing for a job interview!  For a full-time job!  With better hours!  And if I get it (and accept it), I will be able to continue contributing to my awesome pension plan!

I apologize for all the exclamation points, everyone, but this actually is a pretty big deal.  My field is completely saturated.  Full-time positions only come up every few YEARS.  And when one does come up, only those known to the hiring manager get an interview.  Yet somehow, despite the fact that I know absolutely NOBODY at this organization, I have managed to score an interview.

I do have some concerns.  The posting has been up for a while.  I’m not sure if that’s because they are taking the time to find the ideal candidate, or because there’s something about the job that has made it unappealing to candidates who have already been offered the position. I know I would not make as much money at this new job, but I am willing to take a small pay cut in order to be home every evening with my husband and daughter.  How much of a pay cut I am willing to take will entirely depend on what other benefits are offered, so I’m not setting any hard limits with respect to money just yet.  And then there’s the whole job security issue.  I would pretty much have to commit murder to lose the job I am in now, and I know that kind of security doesn’t come along every day.  It will be hard to walk away from should I be offered this job.  But if I want to change my life, at some point, I’m going to have to take some risks.  I just need to figure out which risks are acceptable, and which are not.  And that’s a tough question to answer.

So, I’ve been doing my research on the company, and frantically studying lists of interview questions (both the kinds I might want to ask, and the kinds that I might have to answer) in order to prepare.  I’m a nervous bloody wreck- I’ve been working for the same organization for sixteen years, and opportunities like this have been few and far between.  In fact, I can’t remember the last time I did a job interview (aside from one internal position that I knew I had no hope in hell of getting… but that’s another story).

Any advice or words of wisdom, internet friends?

And wish me luck!

 

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15 comments
  1. Whoa!! Slow down!! We just love to analyze ourselves into a tizzy… You already sound very prepared.. Just be proud that you’ve set up this interview, that you’re going to go do it even though you haven’t done one in a long time & believe that you’re going to do your best. Best of luck. We’ll be rooting for you! xo

  2. Oh, wow! This is exciting. As for the interview, just be yourself. The interviews where I felt comfortable I was always offered the job. I always printed out my questions ahead of time and brought them with me so that as they were answered during the interview I could write down the questions, then ask any remaining ones at the end.

  3. This is VERY good news indeed. My entire career was spent in the staffing industry, conducting hundreds if not thousands of interviews both for internal positions and of candidates for our clients. I’ve prepped hundreds of candidates. If I can be of specific help, please email me dolfynstar@gmail.com

  4. Good luck! I think there is a website (glassdoor?) out there where you can look up companies and employees from those companies review working there. It’s worth a shot. In your interview you could ask why the position has been open for so long as well.

    • I’d take reviews on glassdoor with a grain of salt myself. Someone put up some really bad reviews of the company where I work and my boss spoke to a rep at Glassdoor and they were willing to be bought off to remove them. I really don’t trust much of what I read there anymore. LOL

      • Yes, you should definitely take everything you read with a grain of salt. My current employer has some pretty bad reviews on glassdoor, and honestly, it’s not a terrible place to work, as far as hospitals go. And then there’s the absolutely glowing reviews, and when I read those, I wonder if they’re talking about the right place! I still find the reviews helpful in some ways, though- sometimes you see patterns of concerns over and over- and in my opinion, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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