Mon 3 Aug, 2009 03:19 pm
Well, I have a job interview tomorrow morning at 10:30 and I really, really want this job. The pay is wonderful, as are the benefits, and best of all, it's right here in Ruston only five minutes from me. The hours are 8 to 5 Mon-Frid so I'll have plenty of time to ride my horses, take care of the garden, and keep the house going.
It is with a commercial insurance firm that has been in business here nearly forty years I think. It's the job I like, secretary! They will even train me to get into selling insurance if I want to.
I have been spending the day getting my clothes ready and making sure I have all my ducks in a row but, of course, I am nervous! I know I can do the job well and my supervisor from my last job promised to give them a glowing reference so my skills are not what I'm nervous about.
I am 53 years old! Am I too old to be out there competing with younger women for these jobs? Maybe I'm just being silly thinking that way?
I sure could use some sound advice!
Silly! Don't worry.
Have you researched the place where you are having the interview? That can be a way to make an impression -- research and then ask a question specific to that place.
Other than that, stay calm and cheerful. Dress a little bit more nicely than you expect that you would need to dress on the job.
Young girls in office settings don't last very long. In this case your age is not a negative but a positive. Yes, there's a lot of competition for jobs these days but training costs $$$$ and if you present yourself as willing/able/wanting to be there for the long haul you'll be on the top of the list.
Agree, and good luck, kiddo..
Knock 'em dead - you'll be terrific!
When I hire people, all things (skills) being equal, I prefer the candidate that really WANTS the job. So don't be coy with them, at the end of the interview impress them with how well you understand what the job entails, and tell them how much you want to do it for them.
Enthusiastic employees are the easiest to manage because they not only appreciate the money, but they value the job itself. From a managers point of view, you can't beat that for motivation.
I knew you all would give me the right advice. I tried ressearching them Soz. Not a thing on the net about them. They have their phone number and address! Hubby did go to school with the guy who owns the company and he said he's known him for years and he is a good and honest man. If they ask if I know what they do I'll tell the truth. You sell commercial insurance is all I know and was able to find out. But will be more eloquent in that.
I have a really beautiful summer suit (with skirt) and heels laid out. I am going in there looking professional, being friendly, enthusiastic and teachable. I really, really want this job! Can you tell?
For our area, it pays great. $14.00 an hour to start. Good medical and dental benefits and they will train me to get an insurance license if I want. The guy doing the hiring worked at State Farm at the same time I did so I think that is a plus too.
I know I have the qualifications for this job. I've worked at Boeing Military Airplane Company, Boeing Vertol, and Boeing in Seattle. I worked at State Farm. I've kept up all my computer skills and I am a whiz at learning any software program.
I guess I'm just at that stage of life where my age seems to bother me just a bit. Now that I'm back on the mend healthwise I am getting my confidence back but still there is a bit of self-doubt there. If that makes any sense?
I doubt I'll be able to sleep tonight. I stayed up really late last night and got up very early this morning so I will be tired enough to sleep but I am so excited that I got this interview!
Oh! I almost forgot. Since I couldn't find anything on the company, I called Manpower, that's the agency that called me about this job in the first place. I asked them what they know about it. Well, they know they sell commercial insurance but they don't give out that kind of information or something. LOL
Anyway, the girl said good luck with the job, and this is the part I'm wondering about, because they haven't been able to find anyone to fill it. I talked to hubby and he thinks it is because there just aren't that many qualified people around here for the job that will work for like less than $25.00 an hour. I think he might be exaggerating about the amount though. I am hoping that they just haven't found anyone qualified yet and I will be the one!
What do you think?
I think you need to get a good nights sleep and show up rested, enthusiastic, willing to do the job, and willing to be trained for whatever future opportunities they see fit to train you for.
If you can't find anything specific to the company, do some research about the commercial business insurance industry in general. Also, look for recent articles in the news about the industry and be sure to mention these items at some point during the interview when appropriate to do so.
Here are some websites to browse:
This is a glossary of commercial business insurance products from the Small Business section at findlaw.com
Here's a link for current news articles using Google News:
I'm here a bit late and since the interview is today - I won't give you any suggestions. One thing though when you get back is to write a quick thank you note. Send it email so the interviewer(s) get it quicker. It doesn't have to be long - just thank them for their time and re-enforce that you want the job and that you would be a good fit. If there is something specific you think you would add - you could say, I am excited about the job opportunity and very interested in utilizing my xyz skill.
Believe it or not - not many people send thank you letters any more so you will stand out.
If for some reason you do not have the email address - call the main number and ask for it. I did for my current job and they were able to give it to me.
Too bad - maybe you didn't feel disappointed because you were nervous? Or maybe you are over analyzing - in any case, you handled it very well and like you said it will give you more time to prepare.
Okay, now I don't know what to do. Bryan did not call me back yet to reschedule the interview. I got an email from Ashley at Manpower asking how the interview went and I told her what had happened. She said she had been trying to get in touch with him also and hadn't been able to.
So, do I wait until he calls me or do I go out on a limb and give him a call Monday?
I've always been a bull by the horn type person. Monday works for me.
Nope, it makes you look eager and interested. It's not like you called the minute you last got off the phone with him. You let a few days elapse (like any other busy, in demand person would). Now you're showing you're interested.
PS Think of it a little bit as being like the Homecoming Queen. This guy wants to take you out. You're interested. You wait a little, though, because the Captain of the Football Team also called, and you're thinking it over -- but you still want this guy to know he's still got a shot.