Monday, September 04, 2006

Phone interview

Last Friday I had a phone interview with Columbia Mental Health in Astoria Oregon. I'd like to say that it went well, but it didn't. I've never done a phone interview before, and I hope I don't have to any time soon. I was put on speaker phone and I could barely hear what I was being asked. I must have asked them to repeat each question twice. Come to think of it, I might not have answered the questions that were even asked. Another thing, I learned about phone interviews is that you can't tell when the interviewer is writing or listening. This caused a lot of awkward silences between questions.
I have to say that I hate interviews and I'm not too good at them. This whole experience reminded me of last year when it took me 3 months to find a job. I did a lot of interviews, but I didn't get a lot of offers. I got so tired of being turned down for jobs that I was qualified for. The truth to me is that interviewing is all about being in the right place at the right time.
Anyway, the interview lasted about an hour and I got the usual "we'll call you when we know something" speech. This wasn't my dream job anyway and honestly I didn't want to live in Astoria. My plan for now is to apply at Oregon DHS office and hopefully end up in Portland. If not, then we'll stay here.
It's pretty discouraging being a pessimistic when looking for work.


shakedust said...

It could be that the interview went better than you thought. I had one or two of those.

I hate the job searching process too. I always feel like I am being judged on things that have little or no bearing on the actual job.

forrest said...

I have never had a phone interview. On the plus, you could do the interview in your underwear and they would be none the wiser.

shakedust said...

Unless you accidentally let that information slip during the interview. :)

Roaming Writer said...

That sounds tough. I've never had to do that. First impressions are all you get at interviews! Yikes!

windarkwingod said...

You'll do it. Just relax while you do!