GAWD I hate interviews. I have no idea how that went... I guess well, but whether or not it was good enough is questionable. They asked some loaded questions, like
1. Describe experience you have had with establishing and maintaining relationships that helped improve productivity. For this one I tried to bring in my education. The interviewers can't ask any questions for clarification or "lead" me to any answers, so I had to remember things I'd done and bring them to the table. I mentioned my Master's Degree and that it taught me how to use relationships with people to get tasks done - that having a relationship with people will sway them to do things you ask b/c they want to do them for you, YOU being the motivator. Or, they want to do it b/c they like me, not b/c I work for the COL, although in some cases, using the COL as a motivator is also necessary. I didn't communicate it that well, I don't think, so we'll see if it got me anywhere... that was probably the hardest question.
2. Describe experience you have had with time management and shifting priorities and how you have overcome those challenges. I couldn't think of any work related experiences, although there have been plenty b/c most days I feel more like a firefighter than anything, so I explained how as a mom and a marathoner, there are constant prioritization demands in play. I want to run marathons so I have to prioritize training while also prioritizing my kids' needs as well as our family's financial needs because races are expensive. When I tried to also include something work related, the higher ranking interviewer told me the first example was actually pretty good - so thumbs up there.
One was about programs I use daily, one was about maintaining the calendars. There was a fifth question, but I don't remember right off hand what it was.
I was nervous and I think that nervousness and self-consciousness transferred directly into my voice and thought processes which prevented me from communicating effectively. And sadly, communication is a one of the job requirements... but I don't do well in those scenarios and unfortunately, the only way to get better at interviews is to interview more often, which won't happen where I'm at with so few job openings.
Ugh... oh well. If I didn't get it, no loss, really. I already have a job that is sufficient. It's not like I'm unemployed and in need of an income. I am comfortable with my job.
This job upstairs would be great b/c I'd be the secretary for, I think, 4 people, which would keep me uber busy... Basically, what I do now - but busier. But with that busy-ness comes a cost. She said that lunch breaks that would allow me to run pretty much aren't guaranteed, so I'd have to "shift priorities" there. Somedays it would be possible, but it didn't sound like it would be easily managed like it is here. She said that 8-430 for hours is acceptable (given daycare constraints). She also said that a reduction in force (RIF - layoffs due to budget cuts) is not in the plans, but given everything else militarily, plans are always subject to change as the demands change.
So, now I'm faced with a dillema... if I'm offered the job, do I take it and sacrifice my lunch break training runs knowing it will be next to impossible to fit them in anywhere else, or do I decline the job and keep my current position and my lunch break training runs? I guess that's something I'll have to talk to Brad about... but I honestly don't know when else I'd be able to fit in an hour of running and still be able to maintain things at home. Brad would have to start cooking. lol I guess I could pre-make everything on the weekends (i.e. put the meatloaf together, thaw and cut/precook the chicken for chicken scampi, etc) a la Well Fed, and then all Brad would have to do is toss stuff in the oven to cook. I think we could make it work - if we worked together. Of course, then sports seasons would interfere - Brad's racing, Brady's baseball, etc, etc, etc.
Ugh, it would be all too easy to just have a home gym - if only there was extra money available to make it happen.