I recently had a very successful interview. So successful in fact that they offered me the job!
So fingers crossed that my time out of work could soon be coming to a close.
This week I had my identity check with the (hopefully) new employer. We’ve negotiated start date and salary and now I’m hoping that’s it’s just a case of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts and then the job’s all mine!
This interview got off to a great start from the very outset. Well, almost. As usual the nerves set in as I parked up and stepped inside the building. If I’m nervous, I talk. Non-stop. About everyone and everything. I started babbling away ten to the dozen to the poor receptionist but the look on her face told me that I really had to stop.
So I took a deep breath, had a word with myself and tried my best to relax. Nerves and my constant chatter had possibly cost me two interviews already.
But as soon as I met the interview panel I was put at ease and luckily for me my nerves went straight out of the window.
The interview started with a chat about the stunning views from the office window as I tried to relax and make small talk. That then turned into a chat about the Ice Age and adders! And it wasn’t me that took the discussion down that road!
Then I was told how pleased they were that I had applied and how impressed they were with my skills and experience. What a lovely way to start an interview! And straight away I thought I like these people and I like this organisation. A lot.
It was another competency based interview, but this time I knew what to expect and I had lots of concrete examples ready. I’d been through the job specification with a fine-toothed comb. I’d also chatted on the phone to someone who had worked for the organisation in the past and met up with someone else who works for them now. Both are former colleagues of mine and the help and the pointers they provided me were brilliant. I approached them on Linked In, after years of not seeing or speaking with them and basically losing touch.
Then it was time for the written test, which went ok, but not as well as my written tests usually go. Normally I’m super confident about the written tests and worry about the interview but this time it was the other way around.
But I need not have worried. The following day I got the call. We’d like to offer you the job.
Such fantastic news for me as the job and the organisation look fab. I’ll be writing, dealing with the media and will have the chance to be creative and come up with ideas. All the things I’m good at and love doing.
Now I just need the contract to sign – and then I’ll be breaking open the champagne. At the moment I’m still on tenterhooks to a certain degree, until it’s all signed and sealed, but maybe that’s normal after a period of such instability.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it all runs smoothly from here on here on in. Wish me luck!