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 🙂 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! 🙂

 

 

 

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.

Welcome to my Randomness XXIV

I’m going to my cousin’s graduation ceremony today…

 

Congrats Manang Jom!

 

Graduating from Nursing School

* * * * * * * *

I’m getting off at 12:30. I have an interview at 1. Then out to Bakersfield.

* * * * * * * *

I know it’s the middle of nowhere but that’s where the rest of the fam-bam resides. Perks?! SONICS TIME!

* * * * * * * *

Pitiful, I know. There’s a Sonics in Rancho and in Fullerton. It’s just not the same. I’m hoping I can get there a little before 4pm…

for you know what… HAPPY HOUR! 1/2 on drinks.

* * * * * * * *

I love me my limeade. Ok, moving on. I can eat a burger on a wheat bun. I checked the allergen information.

* * * * * * * *

Pitiful, I know. Yet again. I must find a way! Even though I know I most definitely cannot partake in any tots. 😦

* * * * * * * *

Such sadness. Oh well.

* * * * * * * *

This Saturday commemorates the Holidays. My mom has a work Christmas party at non other than…OUR HOUSE.

* * * * * * * *

I sometimes wonder why everyone loves to have parties at our house. Mind you…our house is not that big. It’s spacious because of the way we assemble our furniture but it’s not big enough for a PARTAY! Only get-togethers 🙂

* * * * * * * *

Nonetheless everyone dooms dons the Torres Residence as party happening central. Oh well. It’s fun and all.. Our parents raised us to be good hosts/hostesses but when it’s all over and done. You party-ers have left.. it’s almost like spring clean-up like non other.

* * * * * * * *

We clean beforehand and clean afterwards.

* * * * * * * *

Wednesday the office closed at 5 instead of the usual 6. I text my sister to see what she was up to. She was just clocking out.

* * * * * * * *

Then she called. FRANTIC. “Will you help me?! I need to write about 50 books.”

Me: Oh no no no. I’m not in school anymore I don’t need to write reviews.

Her: Please! I’ll pay you.

Me: Oh ok how will you pay me back?

Her: I don’t know…but I will!

* * * * * * * *

I hope this child knows that not all older siblings are as kind as I am; to give up my early evening to skim through a few books and write a paragraph on it.

* * * * * * * *

As I was laying in bed telling a friend of mine what amazing deed I had done… It hit me! How she was to pay me back. Do my chores for a month.

* * * * * * * *

Next evening. She expected me to help her again. I told her the payment terms. She wanted three weeks. I would not back down. I’m not a business major to be steered any which way!

* * * * * * * *

A month it is! I had won. Ah hahahaha I win. Can you hear Izma from the Emperor’s New Groove? You know where she’s a cat and she wins. Upon her evil laugh and ‘I win’ statement she’s falling …

* * * * * * * *

Anyway! I don’t do chores for 3 months. Yet, I did wash dishes last night and cooked dinner for the family.

* * * * * * * *

Only an hour til I leave. Oh the brilliant Melanie forgot her gps. Off to google maps.

* * * * * * * *

I have to anticipate any location I may want to visit. Oh I didn’t know what to wear for the weekend so I have 3 different outfits to choose from complete with a complementary scarf.

* * * * * * * *

I have a feeling I’m going to buy something else to wear. I’m not particularly fond of what is laying out in my car right now.

* * * * * * * *

Here it goes again. Having to find somewhere to change into interview appropriate attire.

* * * * * * * *

Til next Friday 🙂

* * * * * * * *

Oh and check out the MeMe

 

 

Interviews: My Life Story

I don’t know how many interviews I’ve been to the past few months. I probably have at least 2 every month since I’ve been back on the job market.

 

I had told my friend I have another interview this Wednesday… she said, “Another one? How many has that been now?!”

 

To be quite honest, I haven’t kept track. I probably should though.

 

I would like to think I’ve gotten quite used to the interview process. Basic questions pertinent to the job, how have you handled certain situations, how would you handle certain situations. They’re looking for key words: “I don’t take it personally, I do my best, I remain calm and polite,” etc.

 

There are also phrases interviewers say to you… “Please feel free to call me regarding any questions or concerns you may have.” “You’ll be hearing from us within a week via email or phone.” “HR will contact you with the next step” Dreaded words right? Oh, it’s also a good sign when they walk you to your exit, elevator, stairs, etc.

 

This past week I don’t exactly know how to read how the interview process went.

 

#1. They found out I’m still employed… “How many days/weeks notice must you give your employer?” Interviewer did lay out that she may be “jumping the gun,” to use her phrase of words.

 

#2. “What are your hobbies?” Answer: Blah, blah, etc. My family is musically talented and we are occasionally asked to provide special music. This past Sunday my sister sang for a wedding and I played the piano for her…etc. Their comment: “Wow! We may ask your family to perform at our events.”

 

#3. If you have any questions please feel free to contact HR. [Ugh, HR the dreaded letters] they will direct your question to one of us and we will get back to you.

 

#4. I like to gauge the probabilities of a second interview, job offer, etc. I ask how many people they are planning to interview or have applied, etc. “How many people are you planning to interview?” The demeanor of the interviewer became slightly rude as if I overstepped boundaries… “Four.”

 

 

 

The next step—a second interview with the Finance team consisting of eight members. The most I’ve had is 3. Apparently, this is going to be gauge how well I fit in the team.

 

Wednesday I have an interview with a school district. Friday I have an interview with a Hotel in Anaheim.

And so the cycle starts…again.

Welcome to my Randomness XXIII

I know for the past 2 weeks I’ve not had a randomness post! I’m sorry. May I please be forgiven?

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I don’t really have an excuse except for busyness. Then again, everyone is always busy. As the saying goes, you make time for those you love. In this case, things you love, i.e. blogging 🙂

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’m back on the Randomness Wagon!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’m going to SD tomorrow with my two FAVORITE people! Danny and Ben…

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Plans: Old Town San Diego, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter, and Coronado. Sometime we’ll be eating at Sushi Diner Anyone care to join?

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I had an interview yesterday. I don’t exactly know how to read if I’ll be hearing positive news next week (which is when they’ll be contacting me).

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’ll have to write a post about it … maybe after I write this one?

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Just in case you didn’t know… LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Oh, I’m in the process of redo-ing my WordPress Categories. I realize I have a lot of overlapping and very broad/general categories. Time to pin-point what I write about!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Any ideas? Obviously…. Welcome to my Randomness, is a given. I need to come up with a catchy phrase regarding my singleness/others need to matchmake….I have a feeling I have plenty more of those stories.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

My cousin (Je) text me the other day… “Ya’ll should get onesies we’re all wearing them for Christmas and by we I mean, Den, Jo, and me…hopefully all the boys do it to… (the boys consist of Ja, Ry, and my brother)

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’m totally down with onesies but I’m not totally down with taking pictures in onesies and letting the world see...  via facebook.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

 

Courtesy of thefashionpolice.net

Still thinking about it.. it would have to be a hot onesie to be taking a picture in… still looking for one of those..

.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Oh a little blip about my Black Friday: 3:30 WAKE UP! 4am leave the house. 4:30 arrive at the mall. Left the mall at 8am went to Target. Left Target at 9 went to Kohl’s (I hate lines at Kohl’s, just saying) Left Kohl’s at 10:30. Went to a different Target 11am. Left Target went to Big 5 12pm. Finally Denny’s for “Brunch”. At 1pm Active for the sake of my brother. After this I let my sister drive. I was a goner. They drove to Best Buy. Then finally HOME at 2:30.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’m done with my Christmas shopping…except for presents for my cousins (5). I did pretty well. The only thing left on my list are brown and black boots.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’m picky…so it’s no wonder I didn’t find any, yet.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Maybe we shall stop by a few malls in San Diego 🙂

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Any good deals you stumbled across?

Welcome to my Randomness XXII

Is anyone else as tired as I am? I don’t know what it is but I’m exhausted.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’m planning a trip around the world. Of course after I finish my CPA exam.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Talking about a motivating factor…

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The countries I want to visit so far: China, Thailand, Greece, Poland, SPAIN, Philippines…

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

So far… that’s it. Of course, I wouldn’t be touring and exploring. I’m planning on teaching English. Lord willing if I’m able to do so.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’ve come across some pretty cool programs and organizations. I’m praying everything works out because I’m really looking forward to this around the world trip!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Wednesday I was called for an interview. Unfortunately at a time I’m unavailable, the morning. I can’t interview in the morning because I’m expected to be at work. So I go to interviews on my lunch breaks.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Long story short the HR Manager called me in the afternoon wondering about me in the morning. SHOCKER! You NEVER get called back after you missed a scheduled interview (only of course if they’re sales positions) Anyway! I was shocked to say the least and she wanted me to come in ASAP that day BEFORE 5pm. Good thing I was on my lunch break at that very moment (3pm).

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I told HR lady I’m not prepared! I’m not dressed!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

HR: Are you in business casual at least? Hurry up and look online at the job description!

TALK ABOUT HEART ATTACK!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Well, as far as my interview intuition goes… I don’t think I’ll get a call-back. This was my 2nd interview… the Hiring manager said the dreaded words… Ok, well our HR department will be in contact with you.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

LADY HR disrupted my LUNCH HOUR to schedule an impromptu interview with you! Goodness! AND I wasted a perfectly beautiful paisley cotton printed card for you. UGH!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Anyway, you live and you learn. I’m definitely getting my interview practice in.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Saturday volleyball: I landed on my left ankle wrong. It was bruised and swollen. BUT I healed up quite nicely and only when I accidentally sit RIGHT on my ankle does it hurt. Not bad… I suppose.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’m going to talk to my parents about letting up a bit on chore list… Its kind of hard to study when you are constantly being interrupted by questions of who’s washing the dishes, who’s cleaning the kitchen counters/stove, who’s going to sweep the floor and mop, etc.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Wish me luck! My other alternative is to pay my brother. My sister already said she doesn’t have time… surprisingly that shocks me that she’s actually turning down “free” money…

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I’m still contemplating how much I want to shell out for the bro…but maybe if every now and then I buy him dinner we can come to a nice agreement.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

This would be most helpful…

What’s the one thing you would pay for to get done and how much would you pay?