>The hunt is on. 3 interviews, 1 day. It was exhausting but a much needed change of pace.
The first interview was in Lake Forest and it went unbelievably well! Well, let me back up a bit. Lake Forest is far. Maybe not for most. Maybe not even realistically far. But for me, with every freeway on ramp, merge, exit and turn means more changes to get lost. (Side note: my gas tank depletes rapidly not because I drive a lot or I’ve got a far commute — its spent on U-turns.)
So anyways, it’s a great company — from the little research I’ve done so far. My first impression of the office and location was equally pleasing. I arrived at the office early and was happily greeted by the receptionist. Very cordial and attentive. I waited only 5 minutes before the interviewer popped her head out and welcomed me in her office. By the way, another plus — its a Marketing/HR position!
Fast forward to the interview. The questions and answers flew left and right in a very casual conversation style. She asked me to describe the work I did at my previous employment. Blah, marketing software and blah supporting sales team, blah. Well, of course I didn’t say it like that. She was very interested in what I was telling her. She said that’s basically what this position I was interviewing called for! Great. The salary is decent — no nearly as much as my last job I left, but it seemed like a much more chill environment. Not to say anything bad about my last job, but I seriously think that salary and stress are directly related.
The interview was over and I had a really good feel about this one, but I had 2 more to go to before the day’s over — so I didn’t want to fall in love too fast.
Interview 2 wasn’t really an interview. I’ve been applying to everything (see previous post) and this position I was applying for was an education outreach assistant. With actually was kind of misleading. It was basic clerical position that I knew I was overqualified for, but I applied and went to the interview anyway. But I was pleasantly surprised of what happened during the interview. He was straight up with me. Said he felt I was way overqualified and hesitated to bring me in for the interview — but he wanted to fair and lay it out like it was if I still wanted to continue with the questions. Needless to say, I took his influence into consideration and thanked him for his tact, honesty and fairness. Thankfully the office was 10 mins away from home, otherwise I would have been pissed to drive 30 mins just to walk out of there without an opportunity.
Interview 3 is a whole ‘nother story. Office was located in Tustin. It was just a weird experience. I can’t even explain it. I don’t even know what the company did, I do know that it looked like an office suite that could be packed up and disappear within minutes. Not an very easy feeling…