First of all, thanks so much to everyone for the encouragement and well-wishes regarding yesterday’s job interview. I think the interview went well. I arrived a little early so there would be time to get a feel for the building. The job is located in a really lovely and quiet historic building on the most beautiful part of campus. Parking is not great, but is probably manageable.
The woman’s interview style was so different from mine! It’s always interesting to see how people handle these things. My interviews tend to go on and on. I try to people at ease by discussing non-work related things, and the interview often wanders to various topics. My aim is to get to know the person. Often, when people are more at ease they will reveal things about themselves that they wouldn’t in a more formal discussion. Anyway, this woman was all business. She revealed almost nothing about herself. She told me about the job, and it was just what I expected. Really, there were no surprises at all. It’s a new position, created because of some major procedural and software changes that will soon be occurring in the post-award grants & contracts system. The big boss is fairly new herself and didn’t seem to have any definite ideas of what the job would entail. That seems like a good situation with lots of room for me to shape the job as I like.
She asked me how I would spend the first year in the position, and I said I would learn as much as possible, build relationships with as many people as possible, and meet periodically with her to make sure things were progressing as she hoped. Later, when it was my turn to ask questions, I asked her how she would want the person in the position to spend the first year, and she said exactly the things that I had mentioned in my answer. So I know I gave the right answer to that question!
I was able to answer all of her questions without difficulty. The most important thing, I think, was that I was able to ask really pertinent and detailed questions about the job and show that I was already quite familiar with the people and the systems and problems that would go along with the job.
It’s just so interesting to me that this job, which would be quite a bit higher up in the university hierarchy and pays more than my current job, seems as though it would be less work. Imagine a job where the first year is spent learning things and building relationships!
I also feel as though I’m in a good position emotionally. I feel encouraged enough to continue pursuing the job, if I am invited to do so, but I don’t feel attached to the outcome.
Okay then. On to today!
Happy Dog Time!
send thank you note
follow up on yesterday’s crisis
revise private gift request
take care of health ed situation
2013 wrvu calculator
establish official petty cash fund
PSP pass-thru costs
add NGF revision to uTRAC
check PSP payments with actual expenses
follow-up on laptop documenation
update employee home addresses
update Citi training manual
make green smoothies