DAY 71: My Second Interview
An organisation called my phone on Monday. I answered the call on the second time they rang. To my surprise, it was a worker for an organisation that provides in-home care support. They asked me if I was available for a job interview today at 2:30. I was very pleased and I said of course. About 1 hour later they call back to reschedule from 2:30 to 10:30. Because I was so excited, I said that is perfect. I didn't really consider the preparation process for interviews and how much information/knowledge I'd need to know. I ended up volunteering yesterday. After that, I went shopping for an outfit, I arrived home around 5 p.m., I went food shopping, and by time I sat down to gather all the information/knowledge, it was 10'oclock at night. I wanted some time to sleep so I went to bed.
I had a rough idea of what I needed knowledge/information I needed to gather for the interivew. Fortunately, at v-work they were interviewing people for a position with their organisation. So, I had a chance to interact with the woman who was the interviewer and she was very knowledgeable about interviews. So, she told me all of the needed/necessary information for the position that I'd be going for. So, I had a lot to work with. But only a small amount of time. So, this morning I caught the bus, went into town to print out all of this knowledge/information and walk to the organisation. I sat a near by coffee filling my head with all of this information/knowledge. I repeated it over and over again. I watched interview videos, and answer my own questions. Looked up the relevant legislation, workplace boundaries for support workers, how to resolve conflict in the workplace and types of disabilities, etc. When I arrived at the organisation, I realised that it was very laid back. I was dressed professionally and here you have people in casual wear, and clients coming in and out. I like how they were laid back and I liked my professionalism because it showed that I want the job.
I had to complete a basic mathematics test & fill out an application form. Thankfully, I had my calculator because I'd have been much longer trying to figure out the answers. Google and the calculator did a fantastic job. As I was filling the forms out, I heard a voice that I recognized. I look up, and it was one of the woman that I knew from another organization that I volunteered for. She would bring her clients to the locations we'd go to and have something to eat. We would converse back and forth about her work, the clients lives and that built a good rapport with her and the clients. She gave me lots of support there in front of the reception staff so that might help. So, they already knew that I had a rapport with some of the clients already. Which was cool.
I finished the forms. To my surprise, they took me out the back. The young lady that interviewed me was very laid back. In her body language there was no professionalism, and in her words there was no real effort in comparison to what I expected and prepared for. I saw shyness in her movements, no effort in choice of words, and that was kind of unhelpful and helpful at the same time. But, that didn't stop me from living the word formal, professional, etc. Even know she was living certain words, I wanted to make sure that I was living the words I want to. It was a very interesting experience in the fact I surprised her, and I surprised myself. What happened was I was laying out all the organisations I've volunteered for, and a lot of the experience I had, I got to tap into smaller parts of myself, and what I've learned from all of those experiences. By the time we were done she found me intriguing, and I she asked if there was any questions about her, or the organisation. I wanted to clarify if I could ask question of her, and she said, ''Yeah, I'm not as intriguing as you''. But go for it. I had already researched the organisation. So the only question I had was ''what makes her think that she is not intriguing''... She started to explain herself, and I went into my listening behaviour to encourage more communication, and she started to tell me lots about herself, and I found that intriguing. Her life was intriguing... She was intriguing, and then she didn't see it as intriguing, and so I pin-pointed what I found intriguing. What I found to be intriguing was when people start to take off their layers in fornt of you. It was a very cool experience and if I do not get the job... Overall, I enjoyed meeting the people. It's not so much the work that I enjoy about working... It is the relationships with people.. Relationships are the real deal. As well as the work, but the relationships that we have with people are very important. It's fun.