Job search

My job search – a modern day interview

Today I had an interview. But first let me take you further back in time to the lead up to this interview and why I’m on a job hunt.

Is this the ending or time for a new chapter?

Back in July I had to hand my notice into a job I loved. Without sounding big headed it was a job I was bloody good at too. Unfortunately the hours were no longer a good fit with family life so it was time to say goodbye. I was sad to leave a job I enjoyed doing, it gave me a way to be me again. Working honestly keeps me sane! Its a breather from life as a mummy and it kept me socialising.

I knew I would take a break over summer to prepare for Sophia beginning school. We spent all summer together and it was amazing. But I knew I would want to return to some kind of work. All I wanted was a small part time job, the pay doesn’t even need to be anything spectacular! Just something that gets me out of the house a few hours a week and mixing with other adults would be nice. So I decided to start looking.

Required: Parent friendly part time job

Something that offers hours when Sophia is in school or even a few hours during the weekend is all I’m looking for. This is where it gets fun! Why oh why does every job require you to be flexible? What ever happened to jobs with set hours?

Personally I would say im flexible. I can do any day of the week, ideally I would like to drop Sophia off and collect her from school. I’m even willing to work weekends, whatever hours because her dad doesn’t work weekends. Only today flexible means you are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I find that so bloody frustrating and surely I’m not alone?

The job in question

So all week all three of us have been ill. We have practically been living in quarantine and I’ve been trying everything to feel more human for this job interview. I won’t name the company but will say it’s a really popular retailer within the UK.

Preparation is key! Isn’t it?

I spent a lot of time on my application online! It was a work of art if I do say so myself. I put a lot of thought and effort into it. When I got an email inviting me for an interview I was thrilled.

So today I went for my job interview feeling pretty confident. Miraculously I was feeling mostly human again much to my relief. I showed up five minutes early because I’m good like that. A member of staff took me to the manager who looked like they were having a chat with a friend. P.S it started to go down hill from here.

The manager did not greet me at all infact they didn’t actually look in my direction I was just told to sit in the staff room. Bad manners is one thing that grinds my gears. A quick handshake would be polite and a good way to represent your store. Then I was left twenty minutes! TWENTY MINUTES! Only to be handed the exact application form I had spent ages doing online to fill in again. What happens when I query needing to redo the application… “Oh I’ve not seen that but it only takes five minutes.” It certainly doesn’t take that long. Can I also add that this person still hasn’t introduced themself.

Panic sets in and I start scribbling away conscious that they are waiting for me. I’ve got this is all I can think to myself, it’s a little blip and I won’t let it put me off. Eventually the job application pack is filled in… Again!

I’m ready for my interview now

So it’s forty minutes technically since my job interview was meant to begin. All which could have began on time had a. The interviewer been on time and b. The interviewer had bothered to print off my application like I was told they would. Then I’m told another person will be interviewing me. Enter the new interviewer who is sweaty and pretty nervous looking. What the hell is going on? Was all that I could think!

Why did this new person look nervous? I discovered that I was the first interview this gentleman was ever conducting in his life and he had been thrown in at the deep end. So almost one hour after my interview was supposed to begin it was time to shine. Or so I thought.

We really need an update on interview questions.

  • Can you tell me about the company? – Yes because I googled it and memorised some facts.
  • Why do you want to work for this company? – this question may be good if it’s a specialised job you are going for. An entry part time retail job? Well because I need money to pay bills and eat.
  • How is your time keeping? – I’m hardly going to say it’s s**t! But apparently it’s better than yours!
  • Are you organised? – again apparently more more so than you guys!
  • What hobbies do you have outside of work? – sometimes I like to sit on the toilet, on my phone and hide from my five year old for peace and quiet. Oh and I love to demolish chocolate and nap.

The point is that this sweaty nervous person now sitting in front of me was so focused on “doing the interview right” that I knew they weren’t actually taking in my answers. It was as if my replies went in one ear and out the other. Of course I didn’t reply with the responses above but I honestly think I could have and they wouldn’t have noticed.

Do I think I got the job?

Well I’ve not heard back yet but I think it will be a miracle if I get a job offer. According to the interviewer shifts can run over aka if your tasks aren’t complete we expect you to stay back until they are. I’m sorry but I’ve worked in retail previously and that’s rubbish unless you are overloading your workers and expecting miracles! Thankfully I have a few more interviews lined up. I’m praying they are more organized than today’s experience and hopefully a job offer comes from at least one of them.

Wish me luck! I may need it if this is the standard now a days! What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you on an interview? I would love to hear about it so I don’t feel like the only person experiencing this madness!

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