March 9, 2010

Blame it on my brother

The interview is confirmed for Thursday. It's just a half an hour. If I take PTO, it has to be for half a day, so I'll leave here at 1 pm or so. What do I do for three hours?

Afterwards, I actually am going to meet my brother for dinner. I just told my boss that my brother gave me no notice and is only available Thursday afternoon (lies told thus far in this process: 5) OTRbro lived in SF for a few months, so he can be my guide to the city, which will be fun! I'm looking forward to that part of the evening. Maybe I'll see if Jrex can take the train up so he can join us. Hmm...

Anyway, I need advice. It looks like the two original people will be in this interview with the addition of one new person. I was planning on tightening up my presentation (DWP is an impatient, pull no punches woman). Otherwise, it's the same as what the first two saw before. Is that ok? Do I need to have anything new? I'm guessing this round is more to test the personality fit?

I just want this OVER with either way. (well, that's kind of a lie. I want it over in my favor). I am praying for clarity -- that we would just know if this is the right fit for all of us. In the meantime, I've been trying to avoid becoming the point person for an upcoming project so that if I do leave, I'm not going to leave this company out to dry. My current boss is getting confused. This morning the Lord convicted me that I need to continue to serve him until the end and not doing what he asks is just adding to his stress. Sigh. I don't like limbo.

I'm hoping they decide quickly one way or the other after Thursday.


OTR sister said...

When we interview designers for multiple rounds I don't expect the portfolio to be any different. You will probably get different questions but it sounds like you are prepared for that.

Good luck!

Liz said...

I couldn't help but laugh at the subconscious slip: "This morning the Lord convicted me..." Or maybe it wasn't subconscious...

Sending you warm wishes for clarity and calm. Try to just let happen what is meant to happen. You'll figure it out as you go. Just be patient and listen to your heart.

Aimee said...

I haven't had an interview like this, but I do know what you mean about serving in your position now for as long as you are there.

I hope and pray for good things for you!

Snickollet said...

I just interviewed designers and had people in for multiple rounds of portfolio presentation. No need for things to be different, but think about things you didn't get to say about pieces in the previous round and be ready for different questions. It probably is more about fit at this point, at least it was when I was the one doing the interviewing. I was impressed when candidates were able to provide different examples when the did get asked similar questions to previous interviews, so you might want to think about that, too.

Sending you lots of positive energy!

Anonymous said...

You asked for advice. Advice about what?
About your portfolio? I agree with OTR Sis that you needn't redo your portfolio. However, if one or two good additions occur to you, add them.

The interviewers -- including DWP -- already know that you have the designer skills.

Of much more importance is what you will add to the firm. This requires serious thought. Figure out three items that you really want the interviewers to know about you. Reduce each of them to one crisp sentence. (If necessary, write the key words on your palm.)

Then, just go into the interview with those three sentences.

For the the give and take, just trust in the Holy Spirit to give you the words.

DPW is obviously a sensate person. So, stress your sensate side. One word answers are ideal. Be brief, don't ramble, and they'll probably give you the job.

In the words of Alfred Hitchcock to Shirley McClain, "Genuine chopper, old girl."

You're in our prayers. Bless you.

Say hello to your bro & the divorce lawyer's daughter for me.