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Interview week in review
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Some folks have been asking to be kept up-to-date on my job interviewing process, and things have really taken off this week for some reason. For those not interested and wishing to move along with no further ado, I have tucked the details behind an LJ cut.

Monday: Phone interview. I really wish this had been in person, because the person doing the interview seemed alternately bored and/or distracted--enough so that they wound up asking me the exact same question twice. I have already received a "we're going with someone else" email from them.

Tuesday: Phone interview. A really long and detailed 50-minute interview. The lady was really cool, and the interview was more conversational and easy-going. I had some strong hopes for this opportunity, because she would respond, "Very good answer!" now and again as I was talking. Alas, it was not meant to be; she responded with a long and obviously not form letter-type response, giving me enthusiastic encouragement and good wishes for my job search. Ah, well.

I also had an email interview on Tuesday. They sent me a long list of weeding-out type questions, which I answered in detail; I think the only stumbling block might be the salary I am asking--but hell, I have to have a living wage. If I don't hear back from them by next Tuesday, I will do a follow-up.

Wednesday: On-site interview. This was a bait-and-switch, and I freaking hate those. The posting was for an administrative position, and it became obvious about five questions into the interview that they wanted a sales person. I can do a lot, but I do not do sales; I don't have it in me. So this one was a bust.

Thursday: On-site interview. I had already done two online skills tests for this position, and the interview, though brief, went very well. They told me outright they were very impressed with my "meeting challenges" and "dealing with difficult people" responses, and I was bumped up to the next level of testing. This involved a two-hour skills test (which I took there in their office), assessing my Excel and HTML skills. I think I did all right, even though my HTML knowledge is not very expert and some of the questions on the test were very advanced. I hope I did well enough to move to the next level; this would be a nice, challenging job combining administrative, writing and tech skills. Results pending; I am still waiting to hear back from them.

Today: Just kind of kicking back and applying for more positions as they pop up, remembering that I need to do so up until the moment I am offered a position somewhere. Job hunting really is a full-time job!

Future: I have an interview set up for next Monday morning, so the options have not yet dried up--and hopefully they won't.

Finally, for those who have read this far, a quick question regarding job searches: When you receive a thanks-but-no-thanks email from a potential employer, do you respond? I have been, gracefully and diplomatically, thanking them for their time and consideration, and wishing them luck on their employee search. I figure it is the polite and professional thing to do, and you never know when a future potential employer might know someone with whom you have already crossed paths. It couldn't hurt, at any rate.

Any thoughts?

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Well first off, keep up the good work. ^^ Second off, I think it is good to say thank you for the time in looking at you and considering you. I think that's what they look for anyway as you said it they could know other employers and talk about you with them at their lunch brakes and that.

Certainly quite an encouraging pace of interviews flowing, whatever the outcomes, though perhaps applying strictly for local positions (if that's indeed the case) may improve the response rate. Many employers don't seem to believe people can travel from outside the locality, let alone if you choose to toss in international travel and the visa requirements so many nations have regrettably come to love, inhibiting people's freedom of movement in search of their preferred places, temporarily or permanently.

I tend not to respond to rejections, though I'll bear the companies in mind down the road as possibly being worth chasing up in the future, if I felt things could have worked out well. It's a minor concern, though, as companies change so much in even just a couple years - their focus might veer away, people will leave, and so on; similarly, other organisations will come into focus as others lose their way. Thus, I've rarely actually made contact again, with the pursuit being effectively exclusively regarding new positions posted on places like Craigslist (primarily for Bay Area stuff - it's maybe not much use elsewhere, given the lean nature of even their SoCal listings), and with the very occasional recruiter who actually knows their field. Rare creatures, but some do exist.

Thursday's sounds particularly encouraging - is it one you'd be particularly interested in landing? Of course, it doesn't pay to build up one's hopes on the basis of an interview, but the speculation can be fun all the same, especially if it leads to living in a locality you'll enjoy.


Regarding the job hunt in general: I'm right there with you, although I'm just getting started on mine, and it has its own hiccups.

Regarding responding to a no-thanks e-mail, I rarely bother. It's time I could be spending cultivating other leads.

Any thoughts?

Just this...

Keep that head up, big guy. : )

Hee. That was my last job. o(:o)

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