Don’t tell anyone!

When I went home on Monday I told my mom all about the good news.  I told her, I’ll be taking TB test and fingerprinting on Wednesday.

I wasn’t able to tell my dad the good news because of how hectic the day was.

Tuesday mid-afternoon, after a work meeting, I saw my mom had called me twice. I call her back.

Mom: Did you tell them yet?

Me: No, mom.

Mom: Ok, don’t say anything yet because they could still change their mind.

Me: Ok mom. Ok.

My dad calls 15 minutes later

Dad: Did you tell your job?

Me: No dad, I didn’t.

Dad: Oh ok, don’t say anything yet until you’re sure.

Me: Ok. I go tomorrow for testing and some paperwork.

Dad: Ok, bye.

10 minutes later my mom calls me.

Mind you, I’m at work.

Mom: Did you get the job? Dad said you were going for testing.

Me: Mom, I need to take the TB test.

Mom: What did they say to you?

Me: Mom! I’m at work right now. Are you at work?

Mom: Yes

Me: Ok can you check your email?

Mom: Ok yeah. Yeah.

We proceed to have a conversation as she asks me questions. I answer her via email.

Email: They offered me the job. I accepted. Tomorrow (Wed) I go in for a TB test and fingerprinting. Friday they’re hoping my prints clear and we can do all the paperwork and HR stuff.

Mom: Oh ok. You didn’t tell your dad medical testing.

Hold on Mom. Dad is calling me.

I join the calls.

My mom tells my dad the background info.

Mom: She already took the test last week. (Correction, I took it last week of November) They interviewed her last week. They called her on Monday.

Dad: Oh ok.

Mom and Dad have a conversation. My mom is speaking in Tagalog as if I can’t understand.

Somewhere along that conversation my dad hangs up the phone without saying good-bye.

Before my mom leaves… You need to teach me how to three-way!

Interviews: The ending

Monday. I took my lunch late. Things were hectic at the office.

I’m relaxing in my car.

I receive a phone call from my old boss, Nick.

Nick: Melanie! I got a phone call from Whittier. They’re probably going to call you soon. You probably got the job.

Mind you, I’m not one to believe in here say. I must hear it myself from the source or I won’t believe you.

Nick and I continue talking about other things.

Me: Nick! Sorry I’m getting another call. Oh its Whittier. I’ll call you back!

Me: Hello, this is Melanie.

HR: Melanie! Hi this is, K from East Whittier I’m calling you regarding the Accounting Food Specialist position. Are you still interested?

Me: Oh yes! Yes, I’m very interested!

HR: Oh good. We would like to offer you the job. When can you come in so you can take your TB test and have fingerprinting done?

So, I’m taking a personal day on Wednesday to get all that stuff done and taking half-day on Friday to get the results back.

I will have to write a post re-capping my interview experiences. It’s been quite an adventure, hasn’t it?!


Welcome to my Randomness XXV

This past week has been insanely crazy. As you have noticed, I’ve not been able to blog much.

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Actually, I didn’t blog at all. I apologize. Please forgive me.

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So, I have an amazingly funny story to tell you regarding my parents and my job offer 🙂

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Planning to post later today or tomorrow. No later than Monday though! Promise!

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Last night I participated in a mock debate for my youth director, Jay.

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Service started at 7pm. I was unable to leave right at 6pm because my boss was relaying his fears that our accounting clerk will never be able to finish the filing unless I tell her exactly what to do.

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I left at 6:15. Mad dash to the freeway. ITS TRAFFIC!

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For debates my favorite part is the cross-examination. No one else would sign up for it anyway. So by default its given to me. I gladly take it! 🙂

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Fortunately, we were able to stall until I got there, at 7:20. Sorry again.

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Thanks Jay @ barbequethministry.wordpress.com for letting me participate! It was a lot of fun. I actually miss debating.

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It’s been raining! Finally, I can listen to Christmas music! I don’t won’t listen to Christmas music when it’s sunny, hott, and 80 degrees outside.

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Tomorrow I’m going out-of-town again, Bakersfield/Delano area. It’s my grandpa’s 93rd birthday.

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It’s a big deal of course. Each person has to bring something.

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My uncle said I have to bake a cake.

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He told my cousin J to make a sign

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My Auntie Jovy is bringing rice.

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Wow, how original we are.

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I re-did my categories. My catch-all is Welcome to my Randomness.

I’m pretty random, huh? Poor readers, I’m sorry.

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.

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?

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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 🙂

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I’m back on the Randomness Wagon!

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

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

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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).

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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)

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

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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..

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Any good deals you stumbled across?