Monday, July 08, 2013

How to really impress a potential employer

This is kind of a long story, but I promise you will get to laugh at me, so bear with me!

I have been getting really discouraged lately by the lack of jobs that are available in my school district. I've applied for what feel like hundreds with no luck. I decided to take a look at some different districts and see what they had available. There was a posting for a full time grade 1 position starting in September in Invermere, which is about an hour and 20 mins from Cranbrook. I decided to apply, just because.

Imagine my surprise when I actually got a call from the principal offering an interview! When he called I had just finished my final FGB workout for the paleo challenge and I was really excited. After I got off the phone with the principal I felt kind of stupid because I kept using words like "cool" and "awesome". Probably not the best way to impress possible future employers.

I left early on Wednesday since I knew there was come construction between Cranbrook and Inveremere. I gave myself an extra hour, and figured that would be sufficient to get me there about 10 minutes before the interview.... I underestimated. I pulled int the school parking lot with one minute to spare. Strike 2, Danielle. I quickly changed my shoes and headed inside.

I had an awesome interview. I felt like I answered all of the questions pretty well, although I felt like maybe I was a little too brutally honest about my weaknesses (I don't buy into picking a strength and making it seem like a weakness), the principal even laughed and said "wow, that was honest" a couple of times during the interview.

I headed outside after the interview was over, and I was feeling pretty good. I went to step into the car, looked at my feet, and this is what I saw:

Oh.My.Goodness! I just about died! I felt really stupid, and then I started to laugh like a lunatic. I wore the squishy green ones to drive in, and switched to the black ones once I got there... or so I thought! I must have been really nervous because those sandals feel really different from one another! The first 15 minutes of my drive home were spent cackling to myself, mostly so I didn't cry!

Once I got home I emailed the principal and told him I usually don't try to make fashion statements that are quite so bold. He emailed me back and told me he didn't notice, so then I felt even more stupid.I was pretty sure that my chance of getting the job was over.

At about 8:30 that night the phone rang, and wouldn't you know it... I got the job!!!! I was very surprised to say the least. He interviewed about 7 people (who probably wore matching footwear). I still can't believe I actually got it. I told Will that maybe I got it because the principal thinks I'm crazy and awesome like Miss Frizzle. Either way, I am so excited to have a class of my own! And the school sounds amazing, they're big into outdoor ed- they even had their whole kindergarten class out snowshoeing last year!

 Since it's about an hour and a half drive, I am going to be staying up there during the week, and coming home on the weekends. Will's grandpa has a house on Columbia lake (which is about 15 minutes from the school)  and it is empty right now, so I'll be moving in at the end of August! To make things even better, it sounds like Will's work may be doing a job in Fairmont starting in September, so he might be staying there with me as well!

I was trying to think of a moral for this story, and I can't think of one.  If anyone else can come up with one you will win a virtual pat on the back from me!

Anyone else have an embarrassing interview story? Please tell me I'm not alone!!

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the job! You definitely aren't the first person I know to accidentally wear two different shoes to an interview but I'll certainly give you the award for the most different shoes! Glad it worked out for you in the end!

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    1. Thank you! It was definitely embarrassing at the time, but a great story to tell now!

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  2. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing - a little laugh is always nice on a Monday morning. More importantly though, congrats on the job! ARe you going to wear your mis-matched shoes on your first day? The kids would LOVE it!

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    1. I totally should! Maybe we'll have a mismatched shoe day one day and get all the kids in on it!

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  3. Congratulations on your new job! That is a hilarious story that you will look back on :)

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    1. Thanks! It's already one of my new favorite stories to tell!

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  4. Congratulations on the job! That is too funny about the mismatched shoes. I'm sure the principal appreciated all your honesty.

    Sounds like it's going to be a great job!

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    1. Thanks, I'm so excited to finally have a "real" job! Grade 1 should be pretty interesting!

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  5. This post did make me laugh! Congrats on the job!

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