I got the job!!!

Holy cow! I got the job!
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year – so far! (Make it stop! Please make it stop! I am melting!!)
What did I get to do? Drag my fat, lazy butt 25 miles north for my first true in-person interview since becoming unemployed earlier this year.
Uncool – literally!
I was dreading it! First, I don’t drive much and this place is quite a way away from where I live. Our 9 year-old car doesn’t even have 50K miles and the ‘baby’ car just hit 3K. (Man am I blessed!!)
Second, it is HOT! I hate heat! My ideal vacation is a cruise that includes a small boat ride to the glaciers! My theory is it is better to be cold than hot; you can always put on a sweater or bundle in a blanket, but there is a limit to how much can be removed.
Aware of my personal disposition to the situation, I went forward with the scheduled, re-scheduled, scheduled again interview and chose to make it into an adventure. This is the first time in this wonderful ‘sorry, lady, you are unemployed now.’ adventure that I have been asked to interview in person, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to practice my skills!
Well it truly is an opportunity and they want me! Yay!

Acronyms kill understanding

I am preparing for a long-awaited job interview. (yay!)
As part of my due diligence, I like to review relevant information.
I continued to trip over the same acronym, in various contexts. Think these webpages might cause issues?

Mobile-first verse Master-data




A bit bummed

When this week kicked off, I had a job interview scheduled for this afternoon. This opportunity was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I truly was looking forward to it. I like challenges.
Monday, phone call with the recruiter to go over a couple of items to help improve my success when meeting with these folks. Fortunately, the recruiter forwarded me the profile information for the individuals I was scheduled to meet.
Tuesday, I was out and about taking care of things. The recruiter calls my home phone, not once, but twice in a four hour period. They were smart enough to email me as well, as I am not so good at answering the telephone unless we have scheduled something.
Bottom line, they want to re-schedule the interview for next week. Fine, sure, whatever. I really am interested in doing this interview. We have re-scheduled. I think I might like this job.
Now there’s a qualified statement for you. How am I supposed to know? I have not been forwarded an explicit job description from anyone – not the recruiter nor the client.
The reason I want to do this interview is to be ‘there’. This is not a basic, back-office job with a major corporation doing business-as-usual production. They are new. They produce tangible products. They deal with mundane issues. They are exceeding and their growth curve is phenomenal!
The bulk of my career has been in software-as-a-service products. I haven’t done serious erp in almost 20 years. Supply chain for me meant meeting QoS guidelines. It would be fun apply those principles to actual, physical products. To have the opportunity to participate in the creative process from beginning to end!
Maybe what I need to do is continue developing the definition of what a scrum master does or could do within this company and share it with this particular recruiter?

Completely, unrelated sidebar – WP could you fix this incredibly ridiculous scrollbar experience, please.

That didn’t go so well…

Debrief, retrospective, whatever, this post is a follow-up to yesterday’s interview.
It happened. It didn’t go so well.
It is always a good exercise to interview, when you have the opportunity.

To be fair, I am not sure I really wanted that job. I did my homework. I knew a lot about the interviewer before this was even scheduled. Remember that the IT world is actually very, very small. A little tidbit to tuck away for future reference the next time you really want to tell your employer to ‘take this job and shove it‘.

I have a tendency to be verbose. I knew the interviewer prefers straight, direct, concise answers. Fine. I know how to edit myself, too, when needed.
I went into this interview with a freaking checklist of questions for him. That is how this whole thing works.
You – Mr. Interviewer are looking for something.
I – Ms. Interviewee have reviewed the information and believe I have something to offer.
Assumption: the fact we are even having this conversation assumes some level of interest on both sides of the equation.

This encounter was established by this erroneous assumption about Mr. Interviewer who knew what he was looking for and I (Ms. Interviewee) had enough of his checklist to fit the bill. I went in not really caring too much about getting the job. It really didn’t fit my minimum criterium. I do not know why we wasted our time. It was evident from the onset of our conversation that this gentleman was not really interested in learning about me and what problems I could solve for him. If I had been more perceptive, I would have picked up on this situation sooner.

It wasn’t really the questions, so much as the lack of information exchange that made this whole thing very awkward. No one will ever accuse this interviewer of being ‘warm and fuzzy’ and probably the reason he likes concise is because he is one of those managers who has been doing the same thing for so long, he can’t see outside of his ‘checklist’.

I know I upset him when I changed the pace and tenor of the conversation. He made it absolutely clear that he would be leading this discussion, thank you very much. I knew right then and there that I was done. But it was really good experience.