The job ad was for an application support position with a company that designed POS programs for the hospitality industry. When I first read the details on the jobs search board, I almost dismissed it because they were vague. But the ad included a link to their YouTube channel, so I clicked on it. The clip showed a typical call centre setup, but there was something else – a vibe that made me think “career” rather than “job.”
When this company did finally contact me, I was ecstatic. Whenever I land an interview, I spend time preparing for it. This includes exploring the company’s website at great length to glean everything I can about what they do. Since I arrived a bit too early, I wandered around the business park before I went into the building. I approached reception saying, “I have an appointment at noon, but I’m afraid I’m early.”
It didn’t appear to bother reception. She picked up the phone and announced my arrival. Then she asked me to sit. In between answering phones and other duties, the receptionist and I discussed the Stanley Cup riots and how crazy the whole thing was. After awhile, her phone rang again. She instructed me to take the elevator; Linda would be waiting for me on the second floor.
We seemed to have an instant connection. I appreciated Linda’s firm handshake (I always feel mine is too strong in comparison to the other person’s). Once settled in her office, the interview began very well. She asked what I knew about the company. My research paid-off, and I was able to answer in detail. Linda seemed impressed.
There is that heartbeat breath of a second when you know an interview is about to slide south. As soon as she mentioned 5 a.m. shifts, I knew I was simply out of luck – public transit is still sleeping at 4:30 in the morning when I’d have to make my way to work. I asked if there were any other options. Linda explained that she couldn’t make exceptions – everyone hired had to be able to get to work for the time they were needed.
Life is Like That
This morning started out so promising but ended with me coming back empty handed. Tomorrow is another day, and so is Wednesday, when I do have another interview scheduled. Wish me luck!