Interviews: The Story of My Life II Update

Remember my Forever 21 interview experience? Read here if you need a reminder.

I was unable to call them back on Friday night. They called me Monday morning 10am. I decided to call them back on my lunch break. I took a late lunch Monday, not on purpose, of course!

I called back but the line was busy. I couldn’t get through. I felt bad only because I didn’t want them to think I was being rude or making them wait on purpose.

Monday afternoon on my lunch break I receive excellent news. News I will hopefully be able to share on Friday ūüôā Stay tuned!

Tuesday morning. I receive an email-she’s been trying to call me: ‘Please call me back, etc.’ I tell the initial interviewer I was unable to get through on the phone lines yesterday. I’ll call her at 3pm.

She replies with her work number and her cell number.

Hm….guess they really really want me.

I call her at 3pm. She wants to know my thoughts.

Me: “It’s $10,000 less than I make now and its a further drive for me. I can’t do it.

Her: Ok, I can’t¬†really talk because there’s not much privacy but I will email you and it’s more than what you were expecting.

Me: I won’t be able to check my email for another hour.

Her: Oh ok, I’ll expect a call at 4:30

Me: Ok that sounds great. Thank you.

The email?

1. The CFO and President authorized a $0.50 increase. Wow?! $0.50 Forever 21 is a GROWING company. They’re opening stores internationally EVERY MONTH!

2. One hour of overtime each day. Again, this is an extra expense of my time mandated by the state of California to be rewarded by time and a half.

3. Estimated $1500 bonus every year. Estimate? Still can’t lock it and load? What is one person’s salary worth?!

My response: I am truly honored the President and CFO would authorize a pay increase. Unfortunately, I have another pending job offer in which the salary exceeds the yearly compensation Forever 21 has authorized. etc..

I didn’t hear back from them. I didn’t think I would. Why were they hounding me? I had the experience they needed at a pay rate they can easily afford. They would have the ultimate benefit. Me? I would have the benefit of the retail industry learning everything from sales and retail tax, international accounting, etc the greatest con? The further drive and the stress. My dad worked retail-he was a manager. He did not like it. He only lasted 6 months.

 

Don’t forget to stay tuned on the pending job offer! ūüôā

 

 

 

Interviews: The Story of My Life II

Friday afternoon was the mother of all interviews. I’m not joking.

I received the call on Wednesday early evening. HR: ¬†Are you available for an interview on Friday at 1:30pm?¬†Me: ¬†Actually, I’m going out-of-town at 2:00pm can it be earlier?

HR: 10am

Me: Ah..no, sorry.

HR: Ok, 1pm.

Me: Yes, that’s fine thank you.

Thursday afternoon. I receive a phone call from one of the Hiring managers. Melanie will you be available for interview on Friday at an earlier time? I have several people who may want to meet with you/interview, etc.

Me: No, sorry.

HM: Can you come into today?

Me: Oh dear. Sorry, I can’t.

HM: Ok I’ll see you on Friday at 1pm.

Friday 1pm.

I meet AP manager. Interview with her for about 15mins. At the end of the interview she says I have a few more people I want you to meet. [Oh dear I wonder how long this will take]

I wait. Probably 3-7mins. I think it may have been 10-15mins.

This time I meet Carmen, in charge of sales tax.

Interview for at least 10 minutes. Wait again. For the next person.

Stephen. He didn’t really tell me what specific department he worked in. Except that he’s worked in all of the different departments. This interview was a little bit longer: 20 minutes.

Wait again for the next person.

SURPRISE! It’s the Controller.

She was nice. I really liked her; very personable and she talked. a lot. good talk though. at ease talking. She’s the only interviewer I feel has actually taken the time to listen to what I had to say about myself. Not the typical what I can offer about the company but what makes me and what’s shaped me-the university i¬†went to. why i chose the particular university, etc. She commented on what I said and supplied her life experience as well. It was refreshing. as if she really tried to get to know me.

At the close of the interview… she says I have to meet a few more people. Oh dear. Ok that’s fine.

She walks me to the exit and says she’ll be in touch.

It’s 3:15 GOODNESS GRACIOUS I’m running late! I don’t actually get to leave the building til around 3:30 because the first interviewer wanted to speak to me before I left.

I don’t actually get out of hairy¬†LA traffic til 4:oo. At 4:30ish¬†my butt is already hurting/sore from sitting/driving, etc.

You think my interview day ends there right?

WRONG! 4:52 cell phone is ringing.

Its original interviewer. The CFO wants to meet me even if it’s over the phone.

Me: I’m actually driving right now

HM: Oh when do you think you’ll be able to talk?

Me: I’m actually driving out-of-town.

HM: Oh really?

Me: If CFO doesn’t mind my talking on the phone while I’m driving and the noise, etc.

HM: Yes, she really wants to meet you.

We talk. on speakerphone. while I’m driving.

[I realize I don’t usually type with the periods cutting me off but that’s my thought process at the moment]

We cut in and out only twice. I’m surprised I didn’t drop the call since I was driving in the mountains.

CFO and I are done talking. She’s going to put me on hold while she talks to HM.

HM comes back on the line. The CFO really likes you. Will you be able to give me an answer about accepting the job offer today?

[TODAY?! I can’t give you an answer today! I’m hardly in the mood to deal with such a decision]

The biggest reason as to why I could not accept this offer on the spot…. is the salary.

Its $10,000 less than what I make now. I can’t accept it on the spot even if I’ll be hourly, working overtime, and having 3 bonuses every year.

Back to the phone call. I didn’t know what to do or what to say. I told HM I’ll have to make a few phone calls and that I’ll call her back. Honestly, I wanted time. I wanted to talk aloud about it. I wanted someone to hear me out and tell me what I was really thinking. Help me think it through. I dialed my mother’s number frantically. I’m upset because 1. I was expecting a one hour interview TOPS. 2. I was running late. 3. They’re hounding me

I dial my mother’s number incorrectly. I finally get a hold of her and wouldn’t you know?! I get a dropped call with my mom of all people and of all times to get a dropped call!

So that’s that. I can’t accept the job even though I get the feeling they really need me but they can’t provide me with the salary I’m wanting. I even told them my minimum which is $4,000 that I’m making now.

I’ll make $10,000 less closer to home. Not farther.

By the way, if you haven’t noticed. I’m not very timid when it comes to my schedule anymore. If they need someone they’ll make arrangements. I wouldn’t want to work for an organization that doesn’t care about another’s schedule.