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Job Interview
added Wed June 23 2004 at 11:21 PM
On monday, I got an email responding to a job application I submitted. One of the things that the guy asked in the exchange of emails was whether I spoke Spanish or Portugese. I admitted that I didn't know more than a spanish 101 level. This of course sent off warning signs that even though language skills aren't required, if they're worth asking about then they must make quite a bit of difference. It's not at all hard to find somebody around here who speaks one or the other, particularly with all the RMs. I was tempted to write him saying that if he wasn't going to give me a fair consideration, not to bother interviewing me. I'm so tired of having "good" interviews just to be let down in a few days.

I bit my tongue and stated that I'd be thrilled to interview with him. We arranged an 8:30 appointment and I stowed it away as yet another interview. Goodness knows that I've been to enough of them since summer started. In fact, I'd be so bold as to say that I've been to way too many interviews, and frankly, it's gotten rather old.

So this morning, I drove out to where I was supposed to meet him. The position is a BYU job, but it's in an office a few miles away (I didn't measure it, so I'm not exactly sure how far). I left at about 8, just to make sure that I made it on time. I ended up getting there really early, at about 8:15. He didn't seem to mind my being early. I found out later that he'd been there since about 6 that morning, and I don't think he had any interviews before me.

Really, it was just another interview. I don't particularly remember the questions asked. I know that there was the normal "Tell me about yourself." Mostly, I just remember that because he had already asked about where I was from, and told me to not include that. This, of course, took away my normal intro to this answer. As usual, I made an effort to explain why I was a Mechanical Engineering major instead of the Computer Science major that most web-related jobs are expecting.

He seemed pleased with all my responses, but I've been saying that about over three-quarters of my interviews this summer. He explained the position, which I'll try to do in just a little bit. He then took it a small step further and asked about scheduling, even showing me the hours that he had filled and the hours he needed more people. However, this isn't totally unusual, because I've been rejected several times before because of my available hours (or at least that's what they said). An excellent applicant that can't work their schedule doesn't do much good. I explained that I was still pretty flexible for fall, but that I could send him an email of possible hours.

All told, I was there for 30 minutes. That seems to be about average. He said that he was interviewing someone later today and that he would hopefully get back to me today, but I've heard that line before. I went home feeling good about conquering another interview, but not specifically anticipating a job offer. I've totally kicked butt in interviews that ultimately turned out fruitless. I guess I just don't always know what the interviewer is looking for.

At 10:30, I got an email. I don't think my internet connection has run so slow in over a month. It took forever for that page to load as I waited to find out what he was writing me about. Somehow no matter how accustomed I become to rejection letters, it still hurts every time. I try to convince myself to not get my hopes up, but I rarely succeed. I always think that maybe this is the one time.

The page with his email finally completed loading and I glanced over it, looking for keywords like "I was impressed with your qualifications" and "It was good to meet with you." Job interviewers generally don't like to come out and say "your application and interview were horrible." They have to hand out left-handed compliments as though it is some consolation that they won't be paying you, even though they think you're qualified for the position (which they don't necessarily think). That's why if my MSN name ever changes, it often changes to something like "I have excellent qualifications." That's what everybody tells me as they turn me down.

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