Yesterday was the first day I was away from my baby for most of the day. Shhh, I went for a job interview, or should I say, a marathon of interviews! I only found out I was going in for the interview the day before, at 5:00 pm via email!
I was surprised to find eleven people on the roster. I was expecting four or five, or maybe go in for two or three days for eleven people. Furthermore, I just got eleven names, without job titles, so I didn't really know how to prepare for each. It wouldn't have mattered, since I didn't have time anyway. I figured I should just relax that night to be all fresh and calm the next day.
Which is easier said than done. Over the last twelve years, I've only gone on one job interview, and that didn't go over well. That plus the lack of time to prepare plus being away from work for six weeks plus having racoon eyes from the lack of sleep didn't give me much confidence. The only thing going for me is that it's my former manager who wanted to get me for this position so I have a major backer within the firm. Even so, the nerves taking over are making me rationalize that that may not be a good thing, since my former manager is relatively new to the company and the others may view this as bringing in a crony. Aaargh! I guess it's good I didn't have much time - less time for nervousness!
One thing I hated about the day was being away from my baby for a long time. Aside from missing him, I know the time away will wreak havoc on my breastfeeding. I wanted to bring a breast pump so I can pump during the lunch break, but I got a call from my former manager that she wanted to have lunch with me, so that's out.
So I went ahead with the interview, and I ended up talking with the following people from the company:
Director of Sales Operations
SVP of Finance
VP of HR
SVP of Market Development
IT Director, Infrastructure
SVP of Customer Support
Director of Customer Support
SVP of Maintenance Revenue and Sales Operations
Whew. The whole thing started at 9 and ended a little after 5. At the end of the day, I felt pretty good about how I did (and that it was over!) but man were my breasts sore and hurting like !@#$. They were engorged and hard as rocks, and I don't know how I managed to drive home in that condition. I didn't even dwell on the interviews, just literally aching to go home to my baby.
Out of all the interviewers, I'm most concerned with the Director of Customer Support. I don't know why but I was all nerves with this guy. I felt like I babbled unnecessarily and didn't give satisfactory replies. Oh well, if nothing else, at least I had a good albeit fast-track experience with the interview process. I'm sure I'll need it in the future.
Wish me luck!