Next time you apply and interview for a job make sure you learn to read minds

I have a wonderful job. I have a wonderful job with a good company, I actually enjoy what I do and I feel like I get treated very well where I work. Seriously, yes I know I should just pinch myself, count my blessing and call it day. In a economy where just having a job alone is a commodity and there are thousands among thousands of people working stupid jobs for stupid people for long stupid hours for seriously stupid pay I fully do realize I have won the lottery in the career department.

Hire me puuuleeeze!

Hire me puuuleeeze!

Despite all of this I know there is more out there for me. When I say more I don’t really mean more than what I already have. I mean I know there are departments within the company (fortunately for me I work for a extremely large corporation with jobs and positions all over the world) I already work for that would better suit the hours and possibly even career interests that I want.

I currently do call center work and have been doing so for 18 years. My voice, humor, attention to detail, love for connecting with people, and ability to multitask have been my bread and butter for quite a while. For my current employer I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary in august. Through the encouragement of my team leader/supervisor I decided to start looking around internally for positions that may better fit the hours I would much rather have along with a (hopefully) better fit to my career goals.

Believe it or not despite the fact call center work has been my bread butter for a long time it doesn’t necessarily mean its what I would much rather be doing. So I took my supervisors advice and started to look. When you work for a large global corporation like I do its amazing, mind numbing, and almost hilarious the (what seems like) zillions of positions, position titles (just what exactly does a “Operation data mining specialist” do? And how did it get that title?) and descriptions that flooded my computer screen.

Since I currently have no interest in working in foreign countries (foreign to the United States Of America that is) I refined my search query to the local area where I live and have actually interviewed for 3 positions. Its been a cathartic experience trying to explain what I currently do (although they have a basic idea), what a typical day is like for me, and just how?? those skills, activities, attributes, ect do really (no really I swear) fit into what they are looking for. Its like trying to read their minds on what exactly it is they value, are looking for, and trying to figure out what exact maze they expect you to master before they give you access to the cheese. (did some one say cheese?)

During one interview with a lady in a department in the same building I work at acted like she was trying to talk me out of the position. She made it very clear the position was very demanding, I would have to keep my calls within a certain time frame, and make absolutely certain I code/disposition/memo the call/inquiry correctly. I knew for a fact I was up for the challenge but she seemed to have her mind made up. Because I come from a customer service department where we have a tendency to take a little more time on the phone with the customers to make sure all their inquiries/needs are met I would not be able to adjust to the tighter time constraints. Lets just say there was no surprise when I received the dreaded “thanks but no thanks” internal email.

At least she “Interviewed” (or at least pretended to) me to give me the no thanks. I have been submitting applications and cover letters left and right. I even got a no thanks without even a interview from my company’s social media/twitter team (NO seriously I could not believe they had one either). I am still not sure what skills/talents/whatever they deem as worthy for this team. They obviously don’t have any clue that computers/technology/ and the internet are my playground and that I am all the map in this area.

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6 thoughts on “Next time you apply and interview for a job make sure you learn to read minds

  1. Sorry about the “no thanks.” I haven’t worked in almost two years and absolutely dread having to look for a job when it took my husband five years to find his crappy one. It’s a hard time to be looking for a job. I’m sure you would have done a fine job! I’m just happy if we can pay our mortgage.

    1. Its amazing how my priorities have become more realistic since the economy went into the crapper. Questions like do I have a roof over my head? do I have food for the day? Can at least treat myself to a small reward of some kind? become more important than anything else. Encourage your hubby to continue to look around, the best time to look for a job is when your already have one. Sure its a pain, but its kinda like when your single: there doesn’t seem to be a lot of fish in the sea who are worth looking at or who might be interested in you and just as soon as you get into a relationship there seems to be a gaggle of people who find you attractive. When you look for a job when you already have one you interview them instead of the other way around.

  2. I’ve been looking around for government jobs lately since I live in the “government capital” of Australia… and our capital city (er… country town) Canberra. The selection criteria alone are enough to make one go screaming for the nearest pub!

    1. I know what you mean, I failed to mention in my article I also have been searching externally from the company I work for. One of the places I interviewed with gave me a “test” that made me feel like I was taking a college entrance exam. Math and academics have never been my strong suit, I am more a visual learner so it was no surprise when I received the no thanks letter in the mail. I am still not sure how all of that arbitrary minutia is a true test of my abilities but there you have it. Some things are for the best though, look at it this way: if they were that persnickety getting in, then what kind of micromanaging (using a word from your blogs) wankers are they going to be when your working for them?

      1. I know. I have often said “well, if they are like that for the interview, I certainly wouldn’t want to work for them”. I actually rang a company up and told them to disregard my interview as I didn’t want the job anyway, after the interview was that horrible…. lol

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