Should I even go to this interview??(20 Posts)
Been looking for a job for a while now, background in journalism/media and meantime have been doing a few (very few) hours of publicity and marketing work from home for a friend's organisation. I applied for a magazine journalism post which came up - it's local and a journalism job but also temporary (described as 6 months initially) and full time. I've only ever been part time since DD1 was born almost 5 years ago and that has suited me pretty well before.
At the moment I'm getting really fed up of being at home - am getting desperate for work. Luckily my MIL has just retired and is willing to take on some childcare. DD1 is also starting school in August. DD2 is currently 16 months.
So - I've got an interview for the magazine post and have to prepare some copy plus a 5 minute powerpoint presentation on what I've written by Friday afternoon.
Is it worth the hassle?? I've never done a Powerpoint presentation and have very little time to tackle all this before the deadline. Friday is currently my work day, so I also have to squeeze in the publicity work I usually do.
I guess I just don't know if I would take the job if it was offered because of the full-time thing. On one hand I'm daunted by the idea of how busy it would make life and by how much guilt I'd probably feel about leaving DD2 so much. On the other hand, we could really use the money and perhaps if it realy is only for 6 months it would be worth it for the experience and possible contacts it would give me.
Is it worth the time and effort to prep for this, when a) I'm not certain I'll ace the interview anyway and b)even if it was offered I'm rather uncertain about the FT hours?
Last week I was so fed up I reckoned if someone came along and offered me a full time job I would take it - now I just don't know what to do?!?
I think its would be good practice - and its just nerves talking -
have you done presentations before at all - power point is pretty straighforward -
Go for it (the interview I mean). Movingandscared is right, its only nerves talking. Even if you are offered the job you do not have to take it. Maybe you could negotiate shorter working hours or flexi time? Struggling with a similar problem myself at the moment but not been offered an interview as yet. Looking for full time after 8 years with kids
Thanks Moving and Mumelie. I'm not sure it is nerves - I'm usually pretty calm about these sorts of things but it has been a while since I've had to 'present' anything and my brain feels seriously seized up at the moment! I think what I'm more worried about is, is it worth my time, of which I have not a great deal?!
I had another fairly big interview recently and built it all up in my mind, even though the circumstances of the job, again, weren't ideal. Perhaps I just don't want the big anti-climax after putting in a lot of effort?
Mumelie thanks for asking, I'm still busy prepping - the work needs to be in by this afternoon, then iv itself is on Monday afternoon. I've had some inspiration when it comes to what to write and am just going to go for it and not worry
too much beforehand about the full time thing. It's rare that a decent job in my profession would come up locally so I'd be daft not to even try.
I'll let u know how it goes after Monday! [slightly trembling emote]
I don't know if anyone will be reading this before I go but I need to post to get it out of my head.
I'm sitting here in my pigsty of a house which I never have time to clean properly, I can smell dd2's vomit from last night off the carpet, she's still running a temp today, dd1 has just thrown the most massive wobbly, screaming and all, before going off with her gran. And now I have to get my head in the right place for an interview for a full time job which I may or may not even want. What the hell am I doing?
Try to forget about the carnage and just focus on the interview - no second guessing whether you want it, that can wait - for now you just need to concentrate on giving a good impression - think of your professional pride, and focus!
(Am in a similar PT/FT dilemma here, hence me reading the thread).
Thanks apuski! Am dressed, ready to go. Brain in gear - I think. Will let u know how it goes...
Just think, if you get that full time job and take it, you can pay someone else to clean your house .
Hope it went well.
Mumelie one can only dream ...although this place is so awful I think I'd need to clean before the cleaner came!
So the interview was fine I think. Bit fumbly on the first question which I thought was a bit woolly but gave reasonable answers after that I think. Should know either way later in the week.
Good to hear it went OK, fingers crossed. Now you need to work out if you would take it!!
Glad it went well. Do you feel like you would like the job now if it were offered?
Just posting to say I'm still waiting to hear...
I think that's probably a sign I havent got it. Mumelie I'm not sure - I honestly didn't come away feeling strongly either way - I was hoping for a gut instinct! And have been to-ing and fro-ing since then. Let's hope today will put me out of my misery!
Just a note (in case anyone's still watching) to say I didn't get the job. I'm slightly disappointed - I think I may well have given it a go, for the experience and for the much-needed boost it would have given our bank balance. But it could have been very complicated and now I don't have to agonise over the decision. I am still desperate for work, but I guess it won't be this job!
Thanks all for your comments and advice - much appreciated
Sorry to hear that, heckle - perhaps a better job is just around the corner. Did you ask for feedback on your application and interview?
Sinking I didn't - mainly because the rejection letter itself was very positive. It seemed well worded rather than the standard 'we are sorry to tell you blah blah' IYKWIM. Said it was a difficult decision because I had performed well at interview, feedback was positive and they would encourage me to apply for other positions with the company. So it was a very nice let-down, in a way! Nicest rejection I've ever had at any rate
A positive rejection - that sounds pretty good actually! I had one of those about 10 years ago and I'm now working for that company, so it can all work out well in the end. Onwards and upwards ...
Thats a shame heckle but was good experiance and I'm sure you will get something very very soon.
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