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!