So I have an appointment time of 4pm for my interview... How long should I wait before assuming it won't be happening?
2 senerios in the last week: #1... Phone interview scheduled for 1:45pm... Checked email, they were to Call Me. I waited, thinking they got hung up on a long call before me, or got busy, I waited. 2pm came and went and I got No phone call. I proceeded to email back the email I received "as a reminder" 2 hours prior to appt time. I have been ghosted and have not received a phone call or follow up email.
#2... Interview time 3ppm. I got there early as I was unsure where to go and didn't want to be late. I sat in an empty office and was able to here the interview mapping before mine. They were running behind. I sat and waited patiently for my turn. At 3:12pm I was called back for my interview. As I was being walked out after the appt, I was told that "that was an awesome interview..." I went to my car, and today received an offer from them.
But HOW LONG DO WE WAIT?
What a silly question... this is the problem with society. They have no direction - they think having shiny rocks (the reason humans like shiny is due to water glistening on the horizon) and fancy wheels (an invention from over 5,000 years ago? Give it a break...) is the reason to have a "job". Status... Ego...
All really wrong. You do stuff for passion. I recall Harry Chapin's (the "Cat's in the Cradle" dude) parents (of which Jim Chapin was a famous drummer and teacher) telling him that if he wanted to be a kazoo player, that was OK - just be the best kazoo player.
For instance - too many parents push their kids into what they now call "STEM". These kids have no interest, I deal with them all the time
So I told this kid about it and how it was great I had a ELS (electronic lead screw) to do it...
"Cool... how do you make threads?" he asks...
I was floored - my knee jerk reaction was, "Really?"
"Nope, they never taught us that..."
So I go into the office and talk to the 3 other ME's we just hired. The one girl mentioned (from Penn State), "No, not really. The only reason I know is my father owns a CNC/machine shop"
I recall sitting outside the freshman dorm waiting for my son after he walked his girlfriend up to her room. Saw a bunch of shiny faced freshmen walking by shouting "Party!!!"
Then it came to me - K-12 is state sponsored day First four years of college are indentured servitude.
Then I recalled my son being invited to attend "Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology" - yea the one Newsweek has rated the best in the country - and getting locked in after an open house , talking to the one teacher that had been there since the beginning - since the Asst. Superintendent set it up - NOT as a "status" thing, but as a model for ALL high schools in Fairfax County, VA.
What did he talk to use about for three hours? How bad it really is. How most of the kids are there for the parents to have some cocktail party fodder about how their "... little Joey or Lisa goes to TJHS..."
Do things for the right reason. Read my rant here: http://www.ajawamnet.com/ajawamnet/mama_i_wanna_be_a_maker.html
where at the end it explains the reasons for REALLY doing something:
From an interview by Scott London with Stephen Mitchell: http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/mitchell.html
"Mitchell: There's a wonderful story about that in The Second Book of the Tao. It goes like this:
Ch'ing the master woodworker carved a bell stand so intricately graceful that all who saw it were astonished. They thought that a god must have made it. The Marquis of Lu asked, "How did your art achieve something of such unearthly beauty?"
"My Lord," Ch'ing said, "I'm just a simple woodworker — I don’t know anything about art. But here’s what I can tell you. Whenever I begin to carve a bell stand, I concentrate my mind.
After three days of meditating, I no longer have any thoughts of praise or blame. After five days, I no longer have any thoughts of success or failure. After seven days, I'm not identified with a body.
All my power is focused on my task; there are no distractions. At that point, I enter the mountain forest. I examine the trees until exactly the right one appears. If I can see a bell stand inside it, the real work is done, and all I have to do is get started. Thus I harmonize inner and outer. That's why people think that my work must be superhuman."
So you ask why I stayed?
'Cause I love what I do. Most want a million dollars to stop working - I want it to start.
Like maybe figuring out how gravity really works and design something to manipulate it.
THAT's why I stay at doing what I do.
Hope that answers your question...
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Ok, so this all started LAST Tues, early morning, on the night shift. Night supv & I had a conversation regarding other people he had hired & subsequently fired. He described guys having beer on the cart (on which we pick up trash, from admin buildings on a college campus). He also told me of "fraternization" between one of our guys (we're sub-contractors) & a married female employee of the college. Moving on, another guy was mad & decided to ram a cart into a barrier on purpose. Yet, another guy got his job done so quickly, he'd run off to the female dorm & hang out w his girl (fraternization). Now comes my info. I was doing the trash run last Tues. About 1/2 way thru, I went to the compactor & dumped off what I had piled up. Resuming the rest of my run, I got to the last stop, tossed the trash in the back. I decided to go into the building & use the bathroom. I spoke to the lady cleaning the building, about which restroom I could use (as she was cleaning at the time). As I came out, she mentioned that she remembered me as a clerk from my prior job. Naturally, we spoke for a couple of minutes, establishing that fact. Here we go...next thing I see is this company truck pull right up to the building. The "night boss" supv gets out, storming up to the door, starts raising his voice..."What are you doing in here ?, You aren't authorized in here, get in the truck NOW, we talked about this, it's fraternization". So, I proceeded to explain that I had to use the restroom. "I don't care". Anyway, we got back to the office..."get your things together & leave, get out of here". I asked, "Just what does that mean ?" He replied, "You're fired, just leave". Now, some fun w this. 1: This supv signed out "Supv" swipe card #1. I was assigned Supv swipe card #2. If these buildings were "off limits" to me, why was I assigned a "Supv" swipe that gets me into any building our company personnel clean overnight ? How can he claim "fraternization" when it comes to a short conversation, between a member of our own company & me ? NOW, THE BIG BANGER !!! This douche admitted to me, he met his current wife on the job ! He is the night Supv & she normally issues out the keys & swipe cards to the oncoming shift. Hmm...fraternization there folks ???
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Interviews can be nerve racking, plain and simple. It can feel awkward to talk about yourself for 3 hours with complete strangers, and it can be extra stressful if you really need the job. I've pulled together a short list of "Definitely Do's" that are sure to get your interview off on the right foot. It doesn't matter if you're going for a CEO or a line cook position, these tactics work across the board!
Be early...don't be on time, be early. This will give you time to center yourself before the interview and also will protect you from any unforeseen issues like bad traffic or getting lost in a large building.
Bring a few questions about the company ready to go. This will show the interviewers that you've given serious thought to working at the company and will allow you to get to know them better; every interviewer is looking for at least 1-2 follow up questions. If you don't know what to ask, something as simple as, "what do you really like about working here?" will be a great jumping off point.
Everyone gets nervous, some of us more than others. Deep breathing exercises while you are sitting in the waiting room before your name is called will help lower your heart rate and center your mind. 5 count in through your nose, 5 count out through your mouth and repeat. You will be amazed at what 2 minutes of this will do before you walk into your next interview!
Eye contact is key when you are in an interview, try to avoid letting your eyes wander...sometimes it's hard to stay focused but in an interview you should always give the person you are speaking with your full attention. One trick is instead of looking directly at their eyes focus on their nose instead, it's less awkward than locking eyes and from the interviewer's perspective it will look the same!
Similar to #2 but a bit different, Ask ask ASK your recruiter or point of contact for the job any and all questions you have BEFORE you go onsite to interview. It's their job to prep you and get you set up for success, some recruiters are more thorough than others, but all should be willing to hop on a 5-10 minute call to walk you through what to expect and answer any questions you have. It not only will get you more prepared but it will show the recruiter/HR Manager that you have seriously thought about this position and want to be as prepared as possible.
What are some other Interview 101 tips that have worked for you in the past?