Interviewing

About three weeks ago, I found a particular open position that really sparked my interest. In fact, I got pretty excited. It suited my skill set very nicely. I tweeted out about it! Weeks went by with no response. When you least expect things they happen. I was presenting at the Chandler PMI monthly meeting on leadership when you are not the boss, when I got a call. That call was from the admin of the hiring manager requesting an interview… Wow, excitement level picks up again! We plan for the interview the following week…

Interviewing can be a wonderful but scary thing for me. This particular opening was in my sweet spot. My passion for leading teams and making a difference drives me. I saw this as a definite opportunity for me. I was ready! I reviewed the  job description, researched the hiring company and asked my network about the company. I wanted to be prepared. For years, I was on the other side of interviewing, asking the questions. For 29 years, I rarely was on the interviewee side. I was set – look at the questions that I would have asked and answered them.

Day of the interview, I was busy ironed and insuring that my suit was ready. Have to make a good first impression. I most have tied that tie about 7 times (either too short, too long or just not a good knot). With me ready, off we go into the heat of Arizona, it was 108 that day. Planned the drive to arrive about 20 minutes early, just in case of parking issues. All of that was done superb! Checked in, waited for the hiring manager…

Now the interview…

My impressions of the interview after the fact were very good. In fact, I felt pretty confident that I did a solid job in answering the question. How was that interview received by the hiring manager – don’t know yet. After you step away from the interview for awhile… I got to thinking – how did I really do? Looking back, I was fired up about the opening, very passionate in my answers, transparent and a maybe a bit over excited. Well, that is me! I carry all of that on my sleeves. I am very confident in myself and the work that I do. I believe that you should sign your name on the bottom line of everything you do. When I look in the mirror, I have to be happy with what I see (and I am).

Did I get a follow-up interview or the job? Don’t know yet! Did my true self scare off the hiring manager? Only time will tell.

  • UPDATE: while taking the dog to the vet, I got a call for a second round of interviewing. Completed that round – today! Again the passion was still there. Since this was a phone interview, the facial expressions were not visible. Should know in 2 weeks…

  • Have a wonderful
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    understand that confident must be needed for achieve success in any sector. You
    are the owner of this significant power. I appreciate you. Thanks mate 🙂