The Interview

Have you ever had one of those weeks?  Feels like you need to get a boot up the backside because you are just idling along?  You know you should change something, but do you have the energy to make even the smallest change?

Well, that is how I have been feeling lately.  Then last week Thursday, “Bing – You’ve got mail” and the email I opened and read, filled me with fear, excitement and anxiety…

I had to read it twice to let it sink it, but the content went something like this:

“Hi Alison, we’ve not spoken before but my name is ******.  I manage the recruitment team at *******.  I’ve been browsing recruiter profiles with our Talent Acquisition Specialist *******, and we think your profile is very interesting.  How can we contact you to discuss further?”

We're Hiring
So, that set the wheels in motion for a possible new direction in my career thanks to my LinkedIn Profile.  It’s as though it was driven by fate because of the timing.  Feeling a little flattered, and of course not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, I contacted them.

A first round interview took place this past Monday where I met with the two contacts to discuss the possibility of a new Direct Marketing position relating to omni-channel retailing in one of their larger divisions.

The interview is always a a little stressful.  You are given the opportunity to sell yourself, and you should be prepared to do this.  You should also have done your homework on the company, the culture and in this particular instance, their target market and product range.  I did do a bit of research, but I have to admit I went into the interview feeling a bit like “They contacted me, they must have seen something they liked so the interview shouldn’t be too bad.”   Well, after the interview was over, I can say I went in unprepared…

My last ‘interview’ was nearly 3 years ago, when my husband and I decided to move from London back to Durban.  After putting my feelers out into the Durban job market, I was contacted by a manufacturer to discuss a possible position.  The interview involved a 10 minute Skype video call from my then employer’s office in London.  Within 5 minutes of the interview ending, I had a Skype DM asking if I could get back online again to discuss ‘the offer’, and that was it.  I was hired, over Skype, for a position with a start date to be determined by the date I landed in Durban.  I was pretty lucky on that round.

The outcome of this recent interview is still yet to be determined.  There was a second candidate going in to interview yesterday and the details of both interviews would be discussed with the Division Director for comment.  My friends and family are asking “Aren’t you feeling stressed with the waiting?”  “Your nerves must be shattered with all the waiting?”  The truth is, I’ve always been one of those people who feel what is meant to be will be.

So watch this space…


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