Sunday, January 28, 2007

Goin' on an interview ...

I wasn't going to post about this - yet, at least - for fear of jinxing myself. I'm not a superstitious person by any means, but I've felt so depressed and humbled lately that I don't want to take any chances.

I thought I'd be able to find a job fairly quickly, but that hasn't been the case. I've been working with four different recruiting firms, applying for jobs on my own, and nothing seems to be a good fit. Mostly, a lot of companies are looking for someone with an accounting degree and a CPA (or CPA in progress), of which I have neither. Fortunately, many firms are willing to look past that when they see my resume, due both to my experience and the fact that they can't afford to be so picky these days - accounting and finance is a huge field, and there are more jobs than candidates. That's a bit depressing, then, that no one has snatched me up.

But a lot of firms have very firm and narrow ideas of who they want to hire. I did get as far as a phone interview for a huge Seattle-based company (you may have heard of their caffeinated beverages), but that was a week and a half ago and I haven't heard back from them. I don't have enough international finance experience. I don't have enough retail accounting experience. I don't have enough management experience. I don't have enough experience preparing corporate financial statements. My last long-term job included management that so micro-managed, they were hesitant (to say the least) to let go of any responsibilities and trust the next-highest level (me) to take on those kind of duties. So, I've interviewed with all of these recruiters who have high hopes after talking to me, but I haven't heard a whole lot from the firms that are hiring.

One firm contacted me personally after viewing my resume online and asked me to get in touch with them. I had a phone interview with their staff recruiter, then one with their senior recruiter, and I've moved on to having a huge in-person interview first thing tomorrow morning. It will be about two hours - one meeting with their account manager, and two with their GL (General Ledger) accountants. There are a lot of things about this company I'm excited about - incredible fit with the experience I have, growth potential, benefits, expanding and well-respected technology firm, fantastic waterfront location that's not a long commute, wonderful perks, wonderful reputation for diversity and employee culture, good salary. So, I'm trying to prepare as best I can while knowing that there's not much more that I can do than just go and be myself. I wish Scott had today off so I didn't have the house to myself to sit and worry about it. I'm afraid of psyching myself out instead of bringing my confidence level up to where it needs to be by 9 a.m. tomorrow.

This will be nine positions that I'm potentially in the running for. I'm going to try to just relax and boost myself up the rest of today, read up some more on the company I'm interviewing with tomorrow, and tell myself that I'm the person that they're looking for.

Wish me luck, kids.

6 comments:

Spider said...

You ARE the person they are looking for and you ARE going to knock 'em dead tomorrow Matt... good luck man - you are going to NAIL this one!

LSL said...

I've really appreciated the comments that you've made about your job search. I'm currently very familiar with the humbling nature of the job search . . .

Have great, great confidence in yourself tomorrow. You're clearly very sharp and articulate, and I don't even know you. They probably need you more than you need them. You're the right person for the job! Go in there tomorrow and do it like you own it!

Scott said...

Go for it, Matt! You've got many more supporters out here than you can imagine rooting for you!

Good luck!

CondoBlogger said...

How'd it go!?

Paul said...

How did that tie work out for you today?

Matt said...

Thanks for the positive thoughts and for asking me how it went.

It went ... well. VERY well, I think. It felt like a fit, both experience-wise and personality-wise. It was actually enjoyable, which is not something I have EVER said about a job interview.

I'm more anxious now than I was before the interview - because now I REALLY want this job and think it may be within my reach. And, they have "Beer Fridays"!!!