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   Posted 2/18/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I was very relieved to walk out of the building.  I was very nervous and there were two people throwing questions at me and not the standard "tell us a little about yourself" or "what would you consider your greatest strengths/weakness".  It was more of a personality based kinda interview and I thought I was prepared but was more flying by the seat of my pants with the answers.  I'm not sure if it went well or not. I did my best and that is all I can do.  The shakes went away almost immediately after the interview was over.  I'm supposed to hear by the end of the week if I got the job or not.  I'm not even exactly sure I want the job any longer.  The job description was different than originally told to me and the dress code is much different than what was originally told to me.  I was told khaki dockers and a black shirt.  Now they are telling me they will be going to business suits and heels.  I am so not that type of woman any longer.  We'll see what happens.  If this one doesn't happen, it wasn't meant to be.
I want to thank you all soooooo much for your help and advice and support.  I am definitely glad I found you all and plan on staying right here.  With all the anxiety I have been dealing with the last year, it is great to have found a place with others who completely understand both the physical and "mental" aspects of anxiety.
Thank you again.
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   Posted 2/18/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Yoo Hoo!!! Way to go Ocean! I bet you nailed it! I'm glad it's over and done with and you can put it behind you and wait on your answer. Isn't that funny how we fret over job interviews then when we get there somtimes the job wind up not even being what we think it was going to be.It kind of make you feel like you did all that worrying for nothing! I know what you mean about the business suits and heels, i'm not that kind of woman either.I like jobs where i can dress comfortable and dont have to feel all uptight all day! WelL, at least if you dont get it you want be as disappointed being that you said it wasnt what you expected anyway! Either way i wish you the best of luck and i'm proud of you for being so brave!

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   Posted 2/19/2008 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
By them asking personality-type questions, I am wondering if they are having issues with things like "office politics." Which would explain why they might ask "how would you handle this situation" kinds of questions. And, by going to dresses/suits and heels, maybe they are trying to revamp their office morale.... Maybe it isn't the position you want, especially if it doesn't fit your personality any longer. But, hey, at least you got the experience of interviewing over since you may need the practice to find the position that does suit you. Good for you. I am so proud of you, especially knowing that you came away from it wondering if it is what you really want even tho you know it may mean more interviews. It shows you have guts and you aren't jumping the gun to run from your current position. Just remember, listen to your gut instincts....if you are offered the position, ask questions before deciding what you want and if your gut still tells you no, then listen! You are amazingly strong for going through that kind of interview...I am just so proud of you!!
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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ocean,

I've also been interviewing and found the "new" technique to be very open ended personality type questioning too. The stuff you can't prepare for. They say its to find the right "fit" (whatever that is - of course its not explained to the candidate). Best to just be yourself in this case. I also interview with the goal being to get the job and then you have the power to decide if you want it - or not.

Best of luck to you & a big huge congrats for interviewing.


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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Well shame on them from deviating from the normal interview and 2 on one is scary and intimidating.  Your right, it may not be the job you thought it was but hey, you have made it through and you now have experience again in interviewing.

Kudos to you for going and staying in the moment. I am so proud of you and please hang with us.  We are here for you  and this is a great place to vent, make friends and support one another.

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   Posted 2/20/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually don't think it's that uncommon to have more than one person interviewing. Many times there will be a committee of people interviewing. I had two in my first interview with my current employer (program manager, and program director) and 4 in my second! It is very much more intimidating though with more than one person, and alot of that can be alleviated with positioning, so hopefully they didn't sit next to each other facing you Diane!

I have gotten to a point with situations like this where I reaffirm to myself as my anxiety grows that my anxiety is a product of my physiology, and not a reflection of my abilities or lack thereof, and simply try to present myself to the people I interview with as much of "me" in it as possible. I think I am pretty good person, so I've learned not to be ashamed to show that. That includes a little nervousness as well.

It sounds like this was a good experience for you, even if the job doesn't seem like a fit for you, since it prepares you a bit for the next interview. Congratulations on your success! HIV/AIDS Forum Moderator
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   Posted 2/20/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey you made it through so well! Congrats.  I hate it when they don't ask the questions you prepared so carefully...meanies! I'm glad you're taking the "if it's meant to be attitude", I've taken jobs in the past I was wrong for, or lied (a little) to get a position and ended up being miserable because I was all wrong for the job and vice versa.  All power to you if you get the position and more power to you if you accept it because it's the right one!!

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