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How the interview went

January 20th, 2017 at 03:47 pm

I had my phone interview just now.

As usual, I over-prepared with lengthy written notes and touch points, but I find this is always a helpful process for me to organize my thoughts and ensure that I touch on the most important things; it also helps me formulate questions for the employer, should they ask, and yes, he did.

I found the hiring manager pretty easy to talk to and I felt he was especially candid in telling me about the challenges of the job, i.e., he said there was a "high degree of stress points" due to clients' unreasonable expectations, tight deadlines and sales reps breathing down your neck.

The writing I'd be doing is not directly related to higher education, although having some general knowledge in that area helps. I'd be writing "sponsored content," aka paid advertising, in the form of thought leadership interviews and longish articles about various clients' products or services which would be of interest to C-level university execs/readers of this company's magazines.

There's also the fairly technical aspect of much of the writing to consider. A lot of the stories I browsed were about products used to streamline dining card processing at universities or other software or systems that simplify mass transactions of one kind or another. There would be a definite learning curve.

So I am feeling some hesitation. I want a job I will enjoy and be challenged by, yes, but not one that raises my blood pressure too much.

My interviewer said he's traveling soon and the candidate selection process would probably start with a paid writing assignment for some of the candidates, followed by an in-person interview.

Coincidentally, the man's son graduated from my alma mater.

8 Responses to “How the interview went”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    If offered the job would it be worth trying the job? Glad the first contact went well for you. Interviews can be so nerve wracking!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    It sounds like it went well. I guess if they offer it to you it won't hurt to try. Maybe it won't be a good fit, but maybe it'll surprise you. Or maybe something better will come along and soon.

  3. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Good luck. Better than nothing?

  4. snafu Says:

    Establishing a personal link like interviewer's son attending the same school is significant. It can give you a few points over a similar candidate, it identifies you over others! If offered at an acceptable salary, I hope you'll accept. You are in control once the details are nailed down and the contract is signed. The other fact to consider if you decline 'suitable employment' the program can abruptly disqualify you and end your benefits. I suggest you work up a reason for rejecting an offer of employment that allows you to retain current UI benefits.
    If you later conclude the learning curve is too steep, the job is too stressful, or your blood pressure zooms, you can relinquish the work for medical that you don't relinquish access to UI benefits [if you have any weeks left]. How many weeks of work would be required at this new job to re-qualify for Unemployment benefits?

  5. Violet Says:

    Fern, I have IMA SAVER's address and number if you are the one that is collecting them. I sent her a card a couple weeks ago.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    That's cool about the connection of your alma mater.

    Sounds like the interview went extremely well. Hopefully it will work out and be a good position. If not, you can always decline.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hope this works out fr you, if it is right for you.

  8. Dido Says:

    Fingers crossed!

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