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A new interview

June 13th, 2017 at 10:57 am

After a phone screening and an exercise that involved my answering 5 key questions in writing, I've been invited to interview for the international nonprofit group I mentioned here earlier. This week!

I took a LOT of care in answering those questions; it came out to 3 pages. Hopefully it demonstrated my overall intelligence and interest in the job.

So I'm excited to get the interview so quickly and I'm feeling very bound and determined to get this job, one, because I think it would be an interesting job, and two, because a perm job with health coverage would get me out of this endless loop of worries about health insurance and how to keep it.

During the phone screening, she asked what salary I wanted and I sidestepped the question, saying I understood a nonprofit job would pay less and that I was okay with that. Still, she persisted, so I'm glad I did my homework and researched what similar jobs at this nonprofit paid on Glassdoor. When pressed for a number, I said something in the $50s and she said yes, we were thinking mid-50s. So no worries there. To be honest, if I hadn't done the research on Glassdoor, I might have been afraid to suggest anything higher than $45 to $50K, simply because I didn't know the going rate.

Thirteen years ago I took a job with a starting pay of $50K, and that was when I still had my mortgage. Not only that, but I was still able to contribute to a 401(k). Not the max, but it was something. So my years of hard work in prepaying that mortgage early will pay off for me here; I'll be able to take a lower-paying job (if offered) and apply all the income that would otherwise go toward paying the mortgage and invest it in the 401k instead.

Working as a contractor for any length of time is not an easy job. You have to prove yourself to people who don't know you or your capabilities, over and over again. And just when you're settling into the job nicely, the contract is up and you have to scurry and find something new. It's also hard to form any lasting connections since a lot of people don't seem to want to invest the effort in getting to know someone new when they know you're only there a short while anyway. So it can be a little lonely.

9 Responses to “A new interview”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    That all sound very positive. Good luck!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Praying for a good outcome for you!

  3. starfishy Says:

    congrats on getting the interview - good luck! fingers and toes crossed. Smile

  4. Laura S. Says:

    Best of luck! I hope you get this one Smile

  5. Carol Says:

    I am rooting for you!

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    I really really hope you get it!

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good luck!

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, I so hope this one works out for you.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds very optimistic. Hope you get it!

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