A look over my CV would show that I am either a restless soul or in constant look for the next vocational opportunity. Within the space of 15 years of professional employment I have had 13 different roles. It is not that I contemplate leaving a job but more joining another.
It might also be because I love job interviews. In fact I have only recently completed a successful round of recruitment so rather than celebrate a departure I am enjoying the arrival at a new workplace. So I thought after being succesful in getting a new job it may be encouraging to others to see that not all interviews I have been to have been that plain sailing. Some have them have downright strange.
Here are a few things I have experienced over the years:
- Being interviewed for a journalist job and being asked if I had an incriminating story about my father would I publish it? Apparently I answered wrong when I chose family over career.
- Being told that I could have improved the pie chart I produced in an Excel test if I had made it 3D (you should never make 3D charts! especially 3D pie charts).
- In an interview having to help the interviewer ask the questions as he had no idea what they meant.
- Describing a pair of glasses as a ‘male brand’ before noticing the female interviewer was wearing that particular make.
- Being hung over, unable to speak or hear yet still passing the first stage interview.
- Asked why I had so many previous jobs and how they could be certain I would stay for more than a few years at the company…how then hired me and made me redundant 2 years later.
- Handing in my notice two days before I had an interview for an internal promotion…which I was succesful for but then had to unhand my notice in.
I enjoy attending interviews, I think mainly as I enjoy performing and playing a role. I don’t believe the stuff I am saying (even if I am being true to my skills and ability) as I am not the kind of person to blow my own trumpet. Yet, for that 60 minutes I am playing the part of a super-confident individual who is born to ‘play’ that role.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If You Leave.”
Life is a series of beginnings and endings. We leave one job to start another; we quit cities, countries, or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?