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I sit looking outside at the snow. It is cold. I hate the cold. A feeling of unease drifts over me. I readjust myself in the chair. I am nervous. It is 4:30 p.m. It is time for my interview.

The secretary has already called back to the owner of the company to let him know that I am waiting. I get more excited and nervous. The company is expected to double during this year. Landing this job could be a great opportunity for me. I sit thinking about what he could possibly ask me. I have had two phone interviews and one face-to-face interview already. My last phone interview was only the night before. I was grilled with all sorts of interesting questions. I was told it was good if I passed that interview. It was a hard one. I passed.

Now, I am sitting waiting for the next and last step to begin and end. Finally, a woman with dark hair and glasses comes to greet me. She leads me to one of the large back offices. I sit down in an elegant Japanese style chair in front of a large matching desk. The room is full of NASCAR decorations. I find it funny to put Japanese furniture in an in racing decor no matter how tastefully done. Somehow, it works.

I sit looking out the window watching the snow, waiting. In walks a tall man with loose wavy blond hair. He is older but has a very youthful appearance. He sits and pulls out my resume from many that are strewnacross the top of his desk. He begins in a soft voice asking me all the same questions that I had been asked in the previous interviews and I answer pretty much the same as I had in the previous interview. He is quick and to the point. I try to mimic his style in the way that I answer so that the interview goes more smoothly. After 20 minutes it is over.

He walks me out thanking me for interviewing with his group. There are many others that he is scheduled to interview and will let me know on Thursday if I am selected. I walk out pulling my coat around me buttoning it up slowly. My scarf is wrapped tight around my neck in a fashionable tie that I had learned from the French.

I stand waiting for Vilay to pick me up. It is cold. I am watching the snow.

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  • Cathy Y. January 25, 2007, 4:05 am

    I hope it all works out for you, Pumpkin, and that you get the job! If you still go on more interviews there or at another company, there are several books out how to answer interview questions. Many of the questions are “trick” questions and they aren’t always looking for what you’d think was the obvious answer. Your local library probably has some of these books on their shelves. You could just ask the librarian for help in finding them. Just a suggestion, for the future, but I hope you don’t need it!

  • Pumpkin January 25, 2007, 10:12 pm

    Cathy, Thanks. I am comfortable interviewing. I’m actually pretty good at it. I think during my years in banking I learned how to read people and to sell. I try to read into the questions and then sell myself. I am very honest in the interview. I don’t want to get hired for a job that I am not able to do. I know I can do this job so I was honest in my strengths. We’ll see. I just didn’t feel it in this interview. I didn’t click with this guy like the others. Perhaps that is his method? I don’t know.

  • Cathy Y. January 25, 2007, 11:50 pm

    Pumpkin, I certainly hope that it went well even if you didn’t click with him. I did want to say that I’ve heard that you should never put yourself down in an interview, that they are not necessarily looking for an “honest” answer when they ask you a question that would reveal something negative about yourself. For example, I was interviewed once and was asked what about my past I wasn’t proud of. Rather than be “honest” (we all have things we regret), I said that I had to overcome some difficult situations handed to me in life but I had done a good job despite them. In other words, I said basically, that it didn’t matter. She seemed to nod as if she liked that answer. I ended up getting the job. It is these kinds of questions that you have to be on the lookout for — they won’t like it if you cut yourself down even if it is being “honest.”

  • Pumpkin January 26, 2007, 12:11 am

    I didn’t mean that honest. I didn’t put myself down in anyway…don’t worry. I think that the answer you gave was honest and that was all that she needed to hear. It is exactly the answer I would have given. I know how to interview because I interviewed and was trained to ask those types of questions. That is why I knew it was better to mirror him. And, that is what I did in a non obvious way.

  • Cathy Y. January 26, 2007, 12:18 am

    That’s good. I certainly hope you get the job, or another good one soon if not this one.

  • Pumpkin January 26, 2007, 12:25 am

    Me too, Cathy! We are tired of living with other people and really, really, really need our own place to call home. :)

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