Friday, June 29, 2007

I'm just sittin' here watchin' the wheels go round and round...

Hmmm.... I am trying to decide what to say about the interview. It was positive, and I learned that if I ever find myself in a big-city-I-need-to-hire-for-top-positions-kind-of-job, I learned what NOT to do. I was interviewed in a group first, myself and four men...in a GROUP. I was not intimidated by that, although I do think they are opening themselves up for a huge lawsuit, let's just say that i had NOT told my employer what I was doing, and I think that happens more often than not...the job market is a small world, you will often find yourself up against the same applicants again and again....and if someone wanted to do harm to you for whatever reason, all it would take would be a phone call to your current employer...so I found that part odd. In any event, I DIDN'T think it was too appropriate to tell them that they were quite unprofessional in their interviewing tactics, best to keep that wisdom to myself at this point...teehee. So, I played their stupid game for more than two hours. I aced the group deal, I was clearly the most qualified for the position...at least in my own eyes. No conceit here, BTW. Seriously, i was the most qualified for the job. I do not know everything that they do, and I would have alot to learn---no doubt about that, but all that they require, I am currently doing. In the private part of the interview....I was quite candid and I had about had it up to here with all the bullshit "give me five words that describe yourself"...."Well, bite my ass would be three"....Seriously, I finally stopped them and said " I am forty-seven years old. I have not been in the job market for quite some time, and all this is really starting to get to me. I can do the job, there is no question about that. You will find that I am capable, smart, willing to work until the job is done. I would require at least five thousand more in salary than your top dollar to even consider this position. I am well worth it, and you also get what you pay for. If you want a person that you will not have to watch over and still be sure that all things are being handled, then I am the one for you. If that is not important to you or you think the money that I require is more than you can manage, then I have enjoyed meeting each of you and I will be on my way. If in fact, I still have your interest, I would like you to know that I would eventually want to move into regional manager status, after I have paid my dues in the store, so to speak. I believe in laying all things on the table---it's just the way I am. Since you just asked me if I would be intimidated being a woman manager in a store/position that is typically a man's world, I think you have your answer."

They sort of just looked at me, for a second. Then the operations manager, said "nothing is impossible, the salary you require could perhaps be available." He said he liked my directness, and that he had always wanted to have a successful woman store manager. He then said they would be in touch. I believe I don't have a chance in hell, for lots of reasons, but mostly because I have a big mouth. Does that upset me? No, really it doesn't. I do believe in the meant-to-be's. So I don't have to worry about it, God will do that for me. Enough said.

Except for one thing----this would be a ridiculously long commute until I could get settled near there, and I am having a hard time picturing that....all things are possible, however. Hmmm...

Tired this morning, DAMN. But it's Friday, and that means nothing, I work tomorrow, but it's still Friday. Out tonight, drink a little...drink a lot! The service department is killing me, I am once again behind on my own work....life is Grand, think I'll go eat worms. OUT!

9 comments:

long haired hippies need not apply said...

actually, it sounds like you may be what they want. i am proud of you for havin the (you know) guts..ya guts.. to say what you said...especially as they treated you as a lower class employer AND person... due to your being a woman. i think you were quite an unexpected surprise to them all.
KUDOS!
on the other hand... if this isn't he job for you... God will send the right one your way... one that will give you the respect that you earn, hold, and deserve. sounds like a pig hole there anyhow.
kinda like the truck search...don't rush into just anything because it is something you need at the moment.... don't "settle" for less than you deserve!
and don't let yourself go crazy over the whole thing....breathe, relax, let god do the work... the right thing for YOU will come. you know that, you've seen it, you've lived it.

ps... i talked to hubby about the resume thing.. he said no problem and he may even know where he has one! say the word... it's yours. he really does a great job on them. other people have had him write them for them, and have gotten jobs. just use it as a guideline, etc. what can it hurt?

relax. and have a great day!

JYankee said...

IT's worms today??? Termites yesterday.. wow loading up on that protein. Hey, you were right to say what you did. They can take it or leave it. If they really appreciate what you said, they'll take you.

Josie Two Shoes said...

Sounds to me like you did a damn good job at the interview Jamie! I'll take direct and candid anytime! At least they know what they'll get with you. LOL at the "five words to describe me" bullshit, and I totally agree on the group interview tactic. Group intro yes, interview no. A weird game on their part. It will be very interesting to see if they make an offer, or if they were intimidated by a woman who speaks her mind. If they want to hire a professional, they'll call you! If it is supposed to be, you'll find a way to manage the move situation. This was a great "breaking in" for the interview experience, next one will be a piece of cake!

Alissa said...

Man, I wish I had the balls to lay it all out there in an interview... I really hate all the hoops they make you jump through. Someday, I'll take a lesson out of your book...

CCC said...

OMG! Way to go aceing that interviewing. Ya got sum huge balls lady....my type of gal! You'll have to keep us posted of if you get the job! You probably scared the shit outta them. Y'know how men are intimiated by women like us! ;) Hope you had a good night out last night...enjoy!

Josie Two Shoes said...

What, no Saturday post?? Do you need us to come with bail money?? :-)

Amanda said...

Woman, you are AWESOME.

PS. I've tagged you.

simonsays said...

Ha ha ha ha...Josie.....That's funny. No Saturday post...kind of out of it all day...

Thanks to everyone for all the great comments---what would I do without all of you?

Amanda said...

Wait a minute. I was sure I tagged you. (Can you say "sleep deprived?") Whatever, I added you. :)