Maybe I was taught above and beyond standards at Bentley, but seriously…what the hell, people. I’ve had a lot of interviews. Even a lot of jobs. I’ve applied to hundreds of positions. I know how to do it. I know what to expect. I’m not sure if it is me or them, but recently I’ve been surprised, disappointed, and just totally confused by some of the situations I’ve found myself in. Don’t even get me started back on this one. I’m still uneasy just thinking about that interview. No surprise to me that I keep seeing that same position posted on NPWorks. Blech.

Anyways. I have been applying to all different types of places and jobs. I am all about being personable but still try to maintain a level of professionalism regardless of where or how I apply for a job. Meaning, there isn’t really much difference for me whether I am applying for a waitressing job or applying for a more advanced position. You can usually expect a more laid-back interaction for lower paying jobs, but not necessarily. Either way, management anywhere should have some standards of conduct and a solid process for filling open positions. However, the more I apply for jobs the less I understand how it all works. And the less faith I have in thinking that I will ever find an organization that I actually want to work for. How’s that for progress? Come on, people. Get your shit together. I had a phone interview scheduled for yesterday and the guy was a freaking no-show (no-call? no-answer? I don’t get 2012). I had spoken to the interviewer the day before and he said he would call at 10AM. I spent the morning preparing for the interview and the 15 minutes before then trying to calm my nerves. At 10:01, I got impatient. By 10:07, I started thinking there may have been a mistake. I called him and left a voicemail apologizing if there was a mix-up or miscommunication about the time, day, or who was supposed to call who. I left my number and hung up. Needless to say, I’m still waiting for a call back. WTF? This guy is the CFO of the company. Granted, it is a very small company but again…WTF? Other than a serious event (I hope the guy is OK) I see no explanation for not calling me back. Like, really? Nothing? A couple weeks ago I emailed another interviewer to follow up – again no response. Would it kill you to take 30 seconds out of your day to reply and tell me that you filled to position? Or that I’m not a good fit? I didn’t even call – I emailed to give us both the easy way out! Geez. Whatever it is, just tell me. I can take it – I promise. And if you don’t intend to follow up, just tell me that, too. Give me a timeline within which I will definitely hear again so that if I don’t hear I can move on. It’s not even professionalism at that point. Its a matter of respect and common courtesy. I get that people with jobs (I’m not bitter, I swear) are super busy, but I took the time out of my life to apply and maybe even interview for your job. At some point, we were interested in each other so can’t we just end it all on a positive note? It’s like a date. Unless it is blatantly clear that its over (as in the former mentioned degrading quiz/interview fiasco) a final good-bye message would be nice. I don’t know what other people do, but if I’m not interested in a guy that’s texting or calling me I simply tell him so. I don’t just ignore him and hope he’ll get the hint. I think people that do that are really immature and just kind of mean.

All of it is a big reminder of a major life lesson – nobody cares. Nobody else really cares about what’s happening in your life. Seriously. Have you ever done something that was embarrassing or regretted doing and replay it in your head for days after? But then when you bring it up to someone else they don’t think its a big deal or even remember it? It’s because they just don’t care. I say it a lot: it’s your world, we just live in it. Sometimes people get so offended when I say it. I don’t mean to offend anyone but its true. Every person is the absolute center of their own universe and there isn’t anything that anyone can do about it. Do you think those interviewers care that I can’t pay my bills or that I hate winter and need to be back in San Diego like…yesterday? Or that applying for their $9 an hour job crushes my ego into dust? Or that I am shriveling from the inside out waiting for their call back while time inches by?  Hell no. They don’t give a faaahck.

Welp. What can ya do. I’m sure I’ll eventually get to the bottom of the disappearing CFO. Until then, please send any job leads my way. My car loan lender thanks you 🙂