Hitting a Brick wall

As we approach the end August, my job search has met nothing but brick walls. I go this direction, I hit a brick wall. Switch direction and hit another wall. I feel like a rat that can’t get out of a maze. Doesn’t matter where I apply, I can’t get anything to fall my way. Most of my recent applications have been to retail such as Petco, michaels, hobby lobby, chipotle, walmart.  I applied to 6 different chipotle locations and only got two interviews.  I applied to three michaels location and got one interview.  I also applied to 3 to 5 petco locations and got 1 interview.  I do not understand what more I could do.  At my interview at michaels, the girl that interview me gave me her own personality evaluation to see how I would fit in.  It was another way to see if I would be a employee that she would need to train and if my personality would be a difficult one to work with.  I’ve also been applying to position within the city, but nothing there.  One of those position is working at the public library.  You think that would be a straight forward position as long as you enjoying working with public.  Right?  Seem I don’t meet the qualifications for that.

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Job interview gone wrong but never happened

About a week and a half ago, I applied for a job position with a company called Visionworks.  They are a company that sell eye-wear.  Not my first time applying there, but my first time applying for a retail position.  Wasn’t really expecting a response because I thought I have no background when it comes to eye-wear except my personal experience of buying glasses.  Four days later, I got a phone for an interview at one of their retail stores.  I was schedule to interview within a week of that phone call, which was Thursday March 16, 2017.  I called the day before just to make sure I was schedule and all that good stuff.  Didn’t want to show up and then be told I was never schedule or there be a miscommunication.

So that day came for my job interview. Decided to wear different color dress shirt because I usually prefer my blue dress shirt.  Since most of my previous job interviews resulted with no positive outcome, I thought it was time to change it up a little.  I arrived at the place 10 to 15 minutes early and told the employee I was there for an interview at 11am.  All the employees were busy with clients, but they said, “just take a sit and I someone will be with you shortly.”  So I sat and patiently waited. Awhile I waited to be called for my interview, I observed what was going on.  People were coming in and out, getting their glasses and looking for new frame.  Another employee walks in and within a few minutes she introduce her self as the assist manager and says she will be conducting the interview after she done with this client. Great! right? Well from my previous conversation with the employee who setup my interview, mentioned that I was interviewing with a guy name Bert. In my mind I figure something wasn’t right. A couple of minutes have passed and she finished with assisting a client.  Now I was ready to get this interview started, but she decided to turn her attention to the next client.  I said to my self, I give it a few more minutes.  I look at my phone and I’ve been waiting for 45 minutes.  I said to myself, “this isn’t right.”  Waiting 45 minutes to have an interview. I walked up to the desk where the assist manager who said she will be doing the interview and said, “I’ve been waiting here 45 minutes for my interview, what the hold up?”  With an attitude she said, “the person who was supposed to do the interview had a emergency.”  My response and reaction now you are telling me this.  She replied, “stuff happen and it out of my control and I just got here.”  I understand that, but shouldn’t you tell the person who waiting that there a delay.  If you know this person has an emergency, maybe suggest that we reschedule, not knowing when this person will show or not show at all. I could have been the for an hour and they not mention one word about this.

Talk about not being professional and tell someone who has taken the time to come here because they want this job and not tell them there going to be a delay.  It would have only taken a minute for her or any of the employees who knew about this to walk up to me and just say something.  Well I went head and left, deciding I will not reschedule, but to call their corporate headquarters and tell them about this unprofessional circumstance.  I was able to speak with someone and told them what happen.  Don’t know if they will take any action even though they said they will.

Job Interview Questions

I had my first job interview for 2017 at the beginning of the month of March.  It was an interview for a position at one of the digital libraries.  It was a job that I applied to because I felt confident this is a position within in my skill set and am comfortable working with technology.  Like with any position that I apply for, I make sure I read the job description and duties.  Don’t want to be caught off guard if there something that I might not be able to do such as traveling to different locations.  I don’t have a car and if a car a required I don’t apply for the position.

So I had my interview in the the afternoon.  Didn’t do my usually routine of going to the gym.  I wanted to be focus and be in that positive mood.  I arrive at the digital library on time and waited to be call in.  Like most interviews I’ve had in the past, two people were conducting the interview, the manager and a assistant manager.  I introduce myself, shake hand with the manger and assistant manager and then they beginning asking their questions.  Tell me a little about yourself? Question about my skills set in using pc and mac which am comfortable with. My experience using HTML and CSS.  Then they ask me to question that caught me off guard because,one they weren’t mention in the job duties.  One of those question was having to work at a another location for half a shift and then coming back to this site to work the other half.  I don’t have car, but I could still work a whole shift at the other sites if am told ahead of time.  The next question I totally didn’t know how to respond to, would I be comfortable reading to kids.  I was not ready for that cause it wasn’t mention on the job description or duties. I know library have their days when someone read to kids, but I thought they usually have someone specific for that task. Not just random people.  The only way I could responded to that question was am open to trying it.  The more we went into the interview, I felt like these question were more for a day care/school position.  The next question that came up was that everyone who work at the digital library teaches a class about something. I didn’t know what to say except that I would teach a photography class since that one of hobbies.  I know it wasn’t a good answer, but again this wasn’t in the job description or duties.  When I applied for the position I felt I was applying for a position where I would assist people needing help using the computers or tablets.  Answering question they had, like what program to use to type a paper, downloading a digital book or browsing the web.

At the end I want to stay positive that I could still get the position, but two-day later I get an email from the manager that they decided to go with someone else.  The more I go through these job interview that I thinking something is not right.  Is my personality just horrible, am I giving off a negative vibe when answering some of these questions, maybe my response is not great to get their attention.

Is it a confident issue or something else

I had my second job interview of 2016 which is really disappointing and am still confuse on why I can’t get more interviews and a job.  Some people I’ve talk to and family members say you need to be confident when you go to these interviews.  In the back of my head it not a confident issue because I know I can handle any job duties that come with the job. Yes I am nervous when it comes to interviewing, but who isn’t nervous when interviewing for a job?  I think part of the nervousness comes that all these question they ask you will only expose my lack of job experience. Hiring me will mean training a rookie to do that job which I think most companies would rather hire someone that has experience. If am called for a second interview this will only show am the weak candidate, because they will issues a series of test such as using excel, data entry and some other things. Now am a beginner when it come to excel and a rookie when it comes to using the latest version of word, excel, powerpoint. Kind of hard to stay current on the latest technology when you are unemployed.

I would like to end this post with a question about interviewing for job.  Do you have a hard time make eye contact with the person interviewing you?  I find it difficult making eye contact with the interviewer. When do, i feel strange, like if my eye are pulling be away to look somewhere else. It a weird feeling, like if I going to black out.  I think the next time I interview I might not wear my glasses.

2nd job interview for 2015

Today I had my 2nd job interview for 2015. Yes! only had 2 interview since we start 2015. Applying here and there, just never get the email or phone call. Today job interview was at one of the local university which I’ve applied to several positions for the past three years. The position I was being interview for was for a record and data admission position.
So you are probably wondering how did the interview go. I think it went okay, but the only thing that bugs me the most are some of the questions they ask you. Before the interview started, the lady that was doing the interview says I need to ask you some questions just to get to know you a little more and see if you’ll fit in. I understand it all part of the process, but for me I think asking me those questions you’ll never know who I am as a person. I really feel the only way you can really know who I am is for you be around me. Of course I did answer all her questions with the best answer I could give for each question. The questions that I struggle with the most are those situational, behavior questions. Not the one on what would you do or how would you respond to a situation, but questions such as these: Whats one positive and negative things your last boss would say about you?
Something else that is bugging me about the interview was that it was schedule for next week, but the lady called me on Tuesday saying that she has an opening today(Friday) if I would like to come in. I said, yes I could come in on Friday, but when thinking about it some more, maybe they already decided on a candidate. It make sense since today  I ask her when they would make their decisions and notify the candidate they been selected.  Her response was by this coming Monday. Also this position is still posted on their human resources site, so that probably not a good sign that I will be the candidate pick for the job.

1st job interview for 2015

Yesterday I got my first phone call for a job interview at a local University.  I really can’t remember the last time I got a phone call to come in for a interview.  It must be like a year or two ago since I’ve been invited to a interview.  Today, I had that interview for a Student Record Analyst position, so if hire, I would be working in the Register Office inputting grades and all that good stuff that goes on your school transcript.  I felt okay with the interview even through a lot of question were situation questions like if you get done with all your work, what would you do?  Describe a time when you have difficulties with a co-work and how did you handle it?

The requirements for this job position were

1. Require at least 30-60 college hours

2. Minimum of one year relevant experience in an office setting.  Prefer a candidate with an understanding of a university or college student services environment.

3. Experience in acknowledging policies and standard practices that deal with sensitive and/or confidential information.

4. Experience in Colleague (especially WebAdvisor and/or Gradebook) or other student service software strongly preferred.

Proficient use of Microsoft Office software to include Word, Excel, and Outlook.

The one thing out of those 4 requirements that I lack is #4.  Other then that am okay with everything else.  Piece of cake! right, I should be able to get this job, but I get this gut feeling that they will hire someone else.  My reason for that is when I look around the office, I notice it was all female staff.  Not one  single male working there.  So they might prefer to hire a female, which happened to be the next person they were interviewing.  When I left there was  a young beautiful female walking towards the office dress in a professional blue dress.  Kind of wiered because I to was wearing a blue dress shirt with black slack.  The other bad feeling I get, is they might be looking for someone with data entry experience.  Someone that has shown they can entry data correctly, since this person will be entering students grades, transfer credits and other information.  Here the job description for the position:

JOB SUMMARY:   Working under the supervision of the Assistant Registrar the Student Records Analyst (SRA) is responsible for day to day functions to assist in the coordination of activities of the Registrar’s Office.  In consultation with the Registrar and other staff members within a client orient environment the SRA contributes to the operations within the department including but not limited to processing grades, analyzing and entering external transcripts for transfer credit equivalency. Assists in front desk coverage to ensure customer service satisfaction. Using effective communication, problem-solving and analytical skills the SRA provides accurate information and data.  The ability to interpret policies and standard practices that deal with information that is confidential is crucial.

Coordinates all Grading Activities

Ensures accuracy of online grade submission and enters grades submitted manually by faculty.
Prepares and distributes early grade rosters for graduating students to ensure completion of degree requirements.
Prepares grade verification letters and mid-term advisee grade reports to all advisors for traditional undergraduate students.
Processes grade changes and ensures security and accuracy of data. Notifies student, advisor, and instructor of changes.
Problem solves issues related to grades.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit Equivalency

Evaluates and enters transfer hours for last names (A-L).
Evaluate and enters transfer hours for last names (A-L) related to new students undergoing Admission process.

Other duties as assigned.

 

Crossing fingers and toes, and hope for the best:)