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22 October 2008 @ 10:23 pm
2nd interview  
I have my second interview with the quasi-governmental agency tomorrow morning.

I believe it will be more along the lines of a 3rd and 4th interview, really. I understand that I am one of the final 3 candidates from a largish pool of applicants. The director of the department has been very thorough, having called 5 references and had fairly lengthy chats with them. I appreciate that attention to detail, and am also thankful for the feedback my references have given me on him. They all share my impression that he is a straight shooter. They've given me 'permission' to go work with him ;)

The story of the first interview is had a first interview about a week and a half ago. It was an interesting situation - I was expecting a 1st interview, but what occurred was much more along the lines of a 2nd. I knew I would be interviewing with 3 people (dept. manager + 2 team leads), but was not expecting the 7 pages of questions they had. I was a little surprised at that, which lead to me becoming a bit nervous and not being at my best for the first 30 - 40 minutes. I did bring things around and had some very good informational moments and a few moments of mutual levity, but wad disappointed I wasn't perfect, yanno. They had told me to expect about 60 - 90 minutes, but I was there with them for over 2 hours. I hoped that was a good sign.

I was pleasantly surprised, and very pleased to be asked back. Other reasons I felt the first interview wasn't my best were I was exhausted after being at the conference and vending for a week plus traveling the previous day and getting home late, combined with The Cold (the bad kind that makes your eyes & teeth hurt and leaves you in fear of drowning in your sleep). So I should already be better out of the gate on the 2nd.

This whole experience has made me feel better about my skills, experience, and abilities. Not to mention helping me to feel better about the interviewing process. It's not bad to make the final cut for a competitive and desirable position on my first interview in 2 1/2 years.

Hopefully there won't be another 35 questions ;) And no, I didn't try to memorize the Federal Acquisition Regulation in 4 days...

-the redhead-
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on October 23rd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Bon chance!
-the redhead-theredhead on October 23rd, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Merci :)

-the redhead-
Brown Eyed Girlbrowneyedgirl65 on October 23rd, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Oh, that sounds very promising! I like that attention to detail, too.

"Quasi governmental agency"? Please tell me this isn't Torchwood ;-)
tedeisensteintedeisenstein on October 23rd, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
This whole experience has made me feel better about my skills, experience, and abilities.

Those of us who know you have no doubt of your skills, experiences, and abilities: you'll do just fine. Especially after surviving two and a half years in the previous job; if you came out of that with your sanity intact, you're a far better person than I.
judithsewstoo: Dolores for President!judithsewstoo on October 23rd, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
You go girl! ;) I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you. Best of luck with it.

As an aside, I finally got my Summer issue of Spin-Off and saw your add in there. Trés spiff! :)