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I’m so sorry to hear about your cat, Mary. It’s always heartbreaking and will take some time.
Congrats on the job! Weird about the parking situation – what does everyone else do??
Hey Mary! Sorry to hear you didn’t get the job. Maybe it’s for the best. I feel that way about the job I didn’t get a few weeks back. Though that doesn’t exactly fix the issue of not seeing jobs I’m interested in either.
I totally agree about next week being all about thriving! Here’s to a week off (most) work. Happy holiday break!
So job update: I did NOT get the job, or continue on with the interview process like I thought I would. I received a very long email yesterday that said: “We felt that you had really excellent experience and such an incredible passion for all that you do. At the same time, we didn’t quite feel that we were aligned on a few key areas and for the vision of this role, which made us pass for now. This was a really hard call to make, and I may have made the wrong choice,” among other things. They did a lot of explaining and I can’t say it helped me understand. I actually thought the reverse was kind of true – I don’t have a ton of experience but I was a good cultural fit.
That said, I felt relieved. I was really worried about the potential 12-hour days (on video!) and some cagey expectations and realized it probably wasn’t the right fit. I can’t say I feel further along in my career journey than I did months ago, at least in terms of what I want to do. I’m glad to have that experience over though. Job apps are so exhausting! I probably spent 10 hours on that one job, at least. I’m gonna take a break now from looking I think…
Thanks for all of your support!
So my interview went really smoothly. It turns out it was just the first of four (!) interviews, and this one was focused on culture. I was uber-prepared – answering canned questions is not my favorite thing and I’m usually pretty stumped for experiential examples, so this was the best I’ve ever done before. It’s a very non-traditional company, and the questions reflected that (“How do you feel your life has gone so far?” “What book would you recommend to the entire team?”) I’ll find out if I made it to the next round on Monday. A similar job with this company recently had 2k applicants, for perspective.
I had a mini breakdown the night before the interview and felt like this job – any similar job, really – was just a distraction. I felt like I’d seen something shiny – a better version of my job with cooler people and higher pay and perks – and immediately went for it. I’m not sure it aligns with my CDFs, then again, as I’ve said, I haven’t found a job description that does. My main concern is that this job would demand a ton of my time (it says people work flexible hours that they choose themselves but I found a day in the life post of someone in this position working a 12-hour day, starting wayyyy too early; they also encourage/require? working with a video system on for “team building,” which would actually require getting ready in the morning and having to be at my desk more). My current job has some major downsides, and yet, I have a good amount of freedom and free time throughout the day. It’s gotten incredibly easy, and that may not be a good thing in some ways, but for the Thriver in me, it’s great (and also facilitates being able to do side jobs throughout the day). When I break it down though, I really want to be doing something with animals, plants, and beautiful things, not more computer time. Computer time is my enemy yet also my sustenance, currently. I think what was scary about realizing this isn’t ultimately what I want is that if this isn’t it, I don’t know what is.
So… I’ve devoted so much time and energy to this job application so far, it’s really crazy. I’m going to forget about it until Monday and then go from there. I’ve really been trying to just focus on the next step, which is difficult. If I keep interviewing, I’ll weigh my options then.
It feels really good just to have somewhere to write all of this! Thanks, all.
P.S. Rachel, I LOVE the idea that you “can’t mess up the right thing.” I’m going to try to remember that. I could also see how it could be used as a cop out though. Is there some sort of caveat, like you can’t mess up the right thing if you give it your all?
Mary, I’ve had tests for every job I’ve ever applied to. I’m an editor and it seems to be standard. It would be like submitting a writing portfolio to me.
So… I have an interview tomorrow morning! It’s the same job I mentioned last week that I heard back about. The whole process has kindof turned me into a basket case. This is much what dating feels like for me too (which is why I stopped…) I’ve so far completed two rounds of questions by email, and since this is a 100% remote company, I have a video call tomorrow. I feel about as prepped for it as possible, and still kindof clueless. I don’t think it will be a standard, canned job interview (considering they still never asked for a resume or cover letter and they’re a little out there culturally), but I’m not entirely sure what to expect.
On a sidenote, I mentioned a Brene Brown book to my cousin last night and she said, “Oh, I facilitated a lecture with her last week!” and casually showed me a pic of them on stage together. Small world…
Thanks, everyone! Hope you’re all doing well.
I’ve fallen so behind on all of this… Trying to figure out when to catch up. I feel like the course shifted intangible things about how I think and go through life. Not what I expected when I signed up yet probably more useful than I expected in the long run. I haven’t gotten through the Dream Job Bundle though so that may be why I don’t feel the more tangible effects! That said, a few weeks back I applied for a job, and yesterday I got an email that I had made it to the next round. I have more questions to answer today (so many questions! no resume or cover letter required though, interestingly) and noticed a bit of imposter syndrome (which I just realized is probably the same as a gremlin) sinking in. Trying to fight through that and just keep going. Also really trying to not get attached to this job, but that’s difficult. Hope to catch up on Week 4 over the long weekend.
I hope everyone is doing well!
Really excited to have this forum! I got a bit sad during the last call about this process ending. Will report back once I actually complete the PPVE.
Congrats, Mary. You can do it!