Third time lucky.
After months of spending my commutes to work job hunting,sneaking around the third floor of the office to call recruiters and panicking about interviews – I am thrilled/scared to announce that I have a new job and this will be my final week of being a content manager.
I didn’t have a good feeling about this job from the outset. It was very different to what I’m doing now and in an industry I am not too familiar with. However, I looked at the tasks and thought I could give it a go. The interview was scheduled for a few weeks in advance so I had plenty of time to prep. There was not much to go with from the job description – a massive change from my previous interview.
So interview number 2:
My 2nd interview had been for an industry training board as a digital assistant. Passed phone interview and recruitment agent ‘meeting’. I had to do a presentation which being a rather introverted person was a bit of a challenge and had a set of criteor upon which I was assessed during the interview. It was an entry level role – so i only had to meet/exceed the most basic demands. It was an OK interview, better than the one I had before. I got a good vibe from the people interviewing me, but the questions were somewhat irrelevant, the panel of 2 people read them from a script of six set questions.
Eg. When have you resolved an argument at work?
Honestly, I have never had an argument at work and I wasn’t smart enough to make something up on the spot. I told them that and how I would resolve a potential argument, which was the best I could do. Some of the other questions were a bit random too and while I know they were assessing my interpersonal skills they really weren’t relevant to me. While I could evidence my skills in other ways (I’ve had quite a few jobs) those questions weren’t the right way to probe this information.
Didn’t get the role. I was a very close second which was pretty flattering and I really did feel more confident about my interview skills after. I was initially gutted. Got a call while at work. Went to the balcony to answer it – for it to be rejection. Seriously, recruiters out there: EMAIL the rejection and then say you will follow up feedback. Yes, I want feedback but I need a bit of time to sulk first.
While the job did pay well and was really exciting, the commute would have been a bitch. I know people like to think they would travel for something they love, but travelling 2 hours+ just to GET to work would take its toll.
Ah I forgot Interview 1
So I applied for a digital content coordinator for a magazine. Got an interview and was nervous as fuck. Researched the company really well and put on my ‘professional’ face. I bloody crumbeld when it came to change the news story into social media posts. He left me alone for 20 minutes to complete task. Instead of writing neatly on a bit of paper given to me, I filled it with scribbles then got MORE paper form my bag and tried to write stuff down. Made a total mess of it. My hand writing is illegible at best, but talked him through it.
I thought it went well. Would hear back end of week. So Wednesday the NEXT week came and I got in touch. A rejection call promptly arrived. First rejection on the phone and yeah it wasn’t nice. Especially then going back to work in a job I was having a bad time at.
But it did have a silver lining. When I got to the interview, he mentioned salary – was labelled ‘competitive’ in the job listing – and it was quite a bit less than my current earning. Yes, it was driving distance so would save loads on travel, but the salary would be the same for 3 years. Not ideal. While I would have been willing to go lower for something I was wildly passionate about, more so than moving out – this wasn’t it.
So interview 3,
Despite having weeks to prepare, I left it relatively last minute. Prepped common interview questions, geeked up on the company and felt unprepared. The night before I realised I had no clothes to wear. My suit from interview number 2 was filthy. (cream coloured suits are a terrible idea!!!). My back up grey blazer had a rather suspect stain on the collar and my dress had deodorant stains. So, morning of the interview I ran round town and bought an entire outfit in 30 mins. A record.
So, I got there early and chilled in the library for a bit, did some last minute research on their PPC stuff – which turned out to be valuable, they liked my research skills haha.
Place is really pretty. Was so nervous at first, clasped my heavily perspiring hands together. I then managed to relax and be myself completely and honestly. They were asking about hobbies and stuff and I was surprisingly honest about writing random stuff in my free time. I felt at ease about half way through. I stumbled a bit with ‘any questions’ as one of the ladies had JUST answered one of my questions. Butttt recovered with just a slight stutter of words.
Anyway, this was on a Wednesday, I was last candidate,would hear back end of week. Then Thursday afternoon I had a missed call from them and an email saying congrats. WOOHOO!
Handing in notice was straight forward. Bit awkward that three other people were leaving at the same time. But oh well. Meant to have been training up my replacement this week, but they have yet to find one. Not my problem though.
So glad its over. During notice period I had some days I was like ‘this isn’t so bad’, but after spending 7.5 hours copying and pasting tracking codes individually into hundreds of adverts, I knew I had made the right call.