Job Interview #2: Over-Dressing Every Day Until I Get To Hell

Today I have a job interview.

It’s my second interview after graduating from college. This interview is for a marketing/event planning company. I’m one of the last interviews they’re scheduling, so I’m sure I won’t get it. But, at least it’ll give me some experience interviewing. My last job interview didn’t go so well. I definitely under-dressed for it. Somehow, going to college made me completely forget what business professionals wear. But it’s okay because I’m prepared today. I have my nice pants and a nice shirt on, and a tie to seal the deal.

I only have to sit in a dirty loading dock of the library at my current campus job for 4.5 hours.

I’m walking around all morning in the loading dock like I have Pokemon cards in my pocket: very carefully. Every surface in this room has dust on it and these cardboard boxes leave marks all over my arms on t-shirt days. It’s terrifying to think about what those boxes will do to my fancy Stafford and my kinda-nice Express pants.

At my last interview, for a realty company, I wore casual clothes because I was working on the dock at the library early that morning, too. Honestly, it completely slipped my mind that a change of clothes would be needed in between my time at my student job and the commute to the interview an hour away by bus. The interviewer sent a very odd mass email to all the candidates complaining about a number of things, only one of which I was guilty of.  I was dressed in “less than business wear.” Well, never again. I shall over dress for the rest of my life and on my way to hell. Hopefully this one pair of kinda-nice pants lasts me for a few weeks until I can get more. I refuse to spend the extra money until I get through those interview questions.

Those interview questions are hard.

Harder than I remember them being, anyway. In between random library mail deliveries, I’ve been thinking about some of my answers for what I might be asked. In interview #1, which I didn’t blog about so don’t bother looking, I was asked the standard “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I honestly can’t remember exactly what I said, but I remember thinking it gave the impression that I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. That’s completely true, but I’m pretty sure the place to reveal my insecurities isn’t in an interview. In 5 years I hope to not still be thinking about an answer to that question.

In 5 years, I see myself working in an intermediate level position at a company in Louisville and on track for a senior level management position. Outside of work, I hope to be making money on my own personal projects, like on my blog and my writing. So there. Next question?

But then there’s all the follow-up interviews.

All of those follow-up interviews are going to break me. I have to Uber there since it’s so far away from my part-time job on campus. It costs about $20 to get from the library to my interview today, and that’s just one way. I’m not even returning to the library today because the extra travel expense makes it not even worth it. What do I see myself doing in 5 years? Having a job that makes taking an Uber to get to it yield a positive net outcome.

And then there’s all the training.

I’m a creative person. I learn by doing, messing up, breaking things, and rebuilding them. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes it’s bad. I figure when the question of learning style comes up in the interview, I have a 50/50 shot at getting it right. They either want a self-starter or a complete zombie. The job description isn’t always the best indicator. It’s really just a toss up. The good thing about this position is it doesn’t seem very technical. And I’m hoping it’s more of an administrative role. I can’t imagine the training would be that intense or complicated. And even if it is, I’m pretty capable. The trick is to figure out how to get out the egg whites without making it obvious that I’ve cracked the eggshells. For a week or so, anyway.

And then there’s saying goodbye to my campus job.

If the interview goes well and I do get the new job, that is. I really do want to get away from campus. It’s a beautiful campus but I didn’t fit in when I first started here and I definitely don’t fit in now that I’m not enrolled. I’ll miss the feeling of wanting to come to work for the campus wifi. I’m pretty sure I’ll never have a job this easy or this anti-complicated ever again.

If I do get the new job, I’ll of course give my 2 weeks notice to the library. However, my boss does know that I’m looking for another job. He knows I graduated in May and he’s not an idiot. But, I feel like the new company would want me to give 2 weeks notice. If they ask when I can start, I’ll say after my 2 weeks notice, that way it shows that I won’t throw my current employers under the bus.

It’s almost time for my interview.

I have to go spend $20 to get to my interview now. Wish me luck. If you have any job-interview advice, since mine was completely sub-par, comment down below. What questions always stump you? They pretty much all stump me.

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  1. Aaron Key

    I do wish you luck if I’m not too late, Personally I hate the “tell us about yourself.” Internally I’m crying. ‘I can’t summarise that. I’m a complicated person.”
    but having been on the other side of the interviewer’s desk for many years I think that the purpose of the questions is to establish whether the person in front of you will make a positive contribution to the organisation. So I think if you answer all the quetions thinking about the positive contribution you can make it will shine out of your eyes and convince them too. Good luck again!!

    1. Eric

      Thanks, Aaron! Yeah, it’s hard to summarize in a relevant way. I guess that’s one of the strengths of my English degree, though. Or at least, I guess it was SUPPOSED to be one of the strengths. Still working on it a bit, haha.

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