I had my interview with a panel of 3 people, an HR person, a Captain and another person from headquarters in Olympia. They had a set of questions that I was allowed to read ahead of time and asked them in order. I felt I did very well with all of them up until the last questions about Collective Bargaining. Alas, aside from my dad being a Teamsters member, I really don't know anything about unions.
I did try to turn the question into a positive by detailing my knowledge as a trainer and having to explain policy, procedures and regulations to new trainee's, citizens and others that came to me for clarification.
They had asked me to bring a copy of my resume and references, so I put together a nice Portfolio with my resume, references, transcript copies & miscellaneous things like a thank you letter from a person I had to have terminated, a letter of commendation for my work on a suicide call. I put them in a clear portfolio cover with tabs & I took 5 copies with me. I passed out 3 and they returned 2 when they were finished.
From there, I had a 3 question test on Collective Bargaining and they gave me the handbook to find the answers. I finished it & just as I did, they unit was evacuated for a suspicious object in the building. That was kind of cool!
But you know lately that has how my interviews seem to be going. I had one in which two board of directors got into an argument while interviewing me. I had another in which one of the people spent time on a cell phone, I even had one that asked me questions and gave me 60 seconds to answer each without my using a clock.
Todays interview didn't even ask the usual:
- Tell us more about yourself
- What are your strengths
- What are your weaknesses
- What was the last book you read, what animal describes you, etc.
I didn't get a set answer on when I would know something because the Governor of this state has declared a moratorium on hiring. The kick is if you are already interviewing or in the process of interviewing those people will be hired.
Hubby asked me how it went and I told him I thought it went well, but lately, I can never tell because I am always the one they enjoyed meeting, my answers were great, BUT...we hired someone else. PLEASE, SOMEONE tell me if I have broccoli in my teeth?
I may have another interview for an administrative assistant if they can hire for that position. I spoke with the local county office about a position they had open and was told they received so many applications, they were taking them home to go over them all.
I also applied to a local school district for all 3 positions they had open and I was told the same thing, they got such an onslaught of applications, they are still wading through them.
In the meantime, I am not giving up hope! I believe God will lead me to the right job, where I will do the most good for Him!