Job Interview Post Mortem

Perhaps it’s presumptuous for me to assume my job interview from last week is “dead”, but the more I think about it, the more I doubt they are going to offer me the position.

It could very well be that I’m just so run down and jaded from my current job situation (and 5+ days of bed-rest post-wisdom teeth) that I’m just being overly pessimistic. Or that I’m scared to make a big change so I’m making up or exaggerating possible red flags. But I have never left an interview more confused in my life.

Even after all my research and the interview itself, I still don’t think I comprehend what the job is. They didn’t really talk about the responsibilities in the interview, seemed a little annoyed when I asked about them at the end, and gave me a very generic answer – the same generic answers listed in the job posting.

I’ve gotten a lot better at interviews over the years and would say that know what I’m doing – but this interview… they asked me so many questions that I wasn’t expecting or prepared for (probably because I don’t understand the position), they were all 3 part questions so I definitely rambled, and there were several times when I was asked a question to which I had already directly answered in an earlier question.

In addition to all that, I did not get a good vibe from the people interviewing me all – especially the woman that would be my supervisor and more-or-less only co-worker.  It all started with her handshake (if you call lightly grabbing the ends of three fingers a handshake) and went downhill from there. According to one of my new favourite bloggers, Alison Green of Ask a Manager “People generally show you plenty during a hiring process about what they’d be like to work with [and]… about how they operate.” (Source) If this was my first impression, what’s it going to be like working there for a year?

Regardless, if they did offer me the job I would take it. I would be fricken stupid not to:

  • The salary range is double what I’m making now between my 2 jobs.
  • It gets me out of my current office.
  • It’s a city job, which would make me eligible for all internal job postings in the future (which is in the top 5 major employers for the city).
  • It’s in my field.
  • The networking opportunities would be insane.
  • It’s only a one year contract.
  • It’s the only job I’ve applied to in the 6 weeks since I’ve been seriously looking because it’s the only one that I’m remotely interested in and qualified for.

Notice what’s missing from that list?  Things like – it’s what I want to do, I’m excited about it, it’s my “dream job”, etc. Those things are pretty important, but I know aren’t the be-all, end-all. After all, my current job was/is(?) my “dream job” and that’s not really working out.

I guess it’s out of my hands for the time being. I did my best at the interview and it’s up to them now whether or not they want a second interview, to offer me the position, or to pretend this whole thing never happened. At the very least, I’m happy to be putting myself out there again, doing something about my crappy work situation rather then just complaining.

Amanda Kay

Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and founder of My Life, I Guess, strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.

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2 thoughts on “Job Interview Post Mortem”

  1. I say if you don’t get the job, then it wasn’t meant to be, and it sounded like you did all that you could. But keep positive, that’s my best advice during the job hunt. That and don’t give up.


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