I'm so excited - frog kissing has paid off! After being first runner up at my last job interview, I took the plunge and kept applying for jobs that looked interesting. I hadn't reached the borderlines of desperation so I was still being fairly choosy about what I wanted to do - not ready for shelf stacking at the supermarket just yet.....
Much to my surprise, I received a phone call offering me an interview and so I readied my heart for the job/beauty pageant circuit of high hopes and pitting myself against other worthy contestants. Fortunately there wasn't a long wait between the call and the interview so I didn't have too long to agonize over all the pointless questions that would be asked......"give an example of *when you worked as part of a team, *when you made an innovative improvement to the workplace, *how you resolved an issue of conflict etc etc.
This interview turned out to be a breath of fresh air! I met the very normal receptionist - slightly older than me and not primped and preened - just a normal, cheery, friendly person who sat me down and chatted about the job. I kept waiting for the trick questions but there was nothing like that at all. Then there was a chat with the boss - also very friendly and "normal" and that was it. He said he'd talk to the receptionist and let me know.
A rather disturbed night of sleep where I swung from making plans to unmaking them. Where hope battled with practicality. Then the phone rang and they offered me the job and are really pleased to have me and can't wait for me to start. It was all so positive and such a refreshing change to the usual job application process.
The other lovely pluses are that the days suit me, the pay is better than my last job, the work looks straightforward and manageable (less busy than the last job) and best of all there is an air of friendliness and no detectable drama. It's almost too good to be true - the only drawback is that it's a bit of a drive each day but no further than my last job so I'm happy to take that on board for all the other bonuses. I'm just so excited to be getting the balance right with work and life! I guess I finally won the crown!