The wait just goes on and on and on…
We were supposed to hear back about the internships today, but there has been bad weather. Really bad weather, the worst in 20 years, or maybe 50. No snow plows to get rid of the record fall snow. So there have been lots of interviews that got rescheduled and not everyone has finished interviewing yet. We have 3 companies with interviews left to do.
And they can’t match us all until the interviews are done and the candidates get rated by the companies, and all the companies by the candidates.
It’s so hard to wait.
I was looking forward to these few weeks as “time off” to “finish” some projects from class, but it has not worked out that way. The distraction level is pretty high.
At times it should be. I actually wish I had spent more time preparing for the interviews instead of writing code. But it’s too late now. Mine are all in the bag for better or worse. I’m accepting that my “first choice” was not a good interview and that probably means I won’t get it. Okay, that’s fine. Today may be a little less distracted as I’m not as hopeful for that one.
I’ve even talked myself into liking #2 enough to switch places on the ranking, based on the idea that it takes two to blow an interview – so maybe my first choice just wasn’t a good match. Them for me as well as me for them?
And other things…
How do you rank companies that have nothing in common? Jobs that have very little in common?
It’s so easy to get distracted by the cool things a company is doing, even if they aren’t the things you went into the interview thinking you would like to do.
This experience is interesting. We all know that we will get a match (tomorrow maybe… but eventually for sure) and so there is a little less stress than regular job hunting would have. And we all have 3-5 interviews in about a week. So we get lots of companies to look at, and the certainty of getting a place at one of them.
How do you decide then?
I think on of the big things a lot of us are looking at is company reputation. The companies we have heard good things about seem to be at the top of everyone’s list. My list looked like that too.
The change I made last night was an attempt to try to take that name familiarity out of the equation and just look at what I learned from the interviews. What are they doing? How well did I “click” with the interviewer(s)? What are they actually offering me that I care about?
When I did that, taking “your company name on my resume” off my list, I found that they lined up a little differently. I hope that wasn’t a bad decision at the last minute.
I guess it’s a good thing though, to be able to try something a little different now, and see how it works out for a month or so, before taking that approach (or not) to my long-term job hunt. I feel like I’m too old to be sitting here not knowing what I want to do with my life – but that may be part of any job search. You have to be a little flexible, right?