Right now, I am sitting next to my cell phone and computer eagerly awaiting a phone call from a company where I applied for a job as an office administrative assistant. The interviewer is now twenty-three minutes late in calling me. Not only was I looking forward to this phone call all weekend long and I even took the time to thoroughly research the company and prepare myself for this phone interview, but I am also a very impatient person when it comes to this sort of thing. My mind starts to go to all sorts of negative places and I can’t stop it. I start to think, “What if I gave her the wrong phone number by accident?” So I go and double check the cover letter AND resume that Ii sent her, both of which contain my cell phone number. Nope, it’s the right number. Then I go to check our email correspondences to see if I mistyped the number there. Nope, still the right number. So, in all three documents she has the correct phone number to reach me.
Then I start to worry, well what if she just forgot that we had a phone interview scheduled today at 10am? What do I do then? Do I call her and see what’s going on or does that make me seem far too desperate and over-eager for the job? I have no idea. Do I email her instead? I really have no idea what to do, but I am starting to get irritated and here’s why.
In my opinion, a job interview, whether it’s in person or over the phone is not just meant for the interviewer or potential employer to judge their prospective employee; it’s also an opportunity for the prospective employee to gain some insight into the company firsthand from someone who works there. Basically, the impression that the potential employers project onto the interviewee is just as important as the impression that the interviewee gives to the potential employer. In other words, the candidate is not the only one being interviewed; I am also interviewing the potential employer. That’s why, at the end of the interview, when they ask me if I have any further questions, I always make sure that I have some prepared before the interview.
Tardiness, in my opinion, is not a good first impression. Unless, of course, there is a good reason for it. After all, my time is just as valuable as theirs and as I sit here impatiently awaiting a phone call that, at this point, seems like it may or may not happen, I need to constantly remind myself of this. I need to constantly remind myself that this is a big company I am interviewing with and I just need to be patient. I mean, it’s no different than when I go to an interview in person and they keep me waiting in the lobby for about twenty minutes, right? By the way, as I am typing this, this phone call is now precisely thirty-five minutes late. In this time, I have navigated through the company’s entire website and under the “Our Team” heading, I’ve managed to find the name and picture of the woman from HR I was emailing.
I think I’m going to wait until about 11-ish and then just send her a quick email stating that I hope she didn’t get pushed on the subway tracks and die a horrible painful death on her way to work, which would then be a viable excuse as to why she wasted my time. Because, even though I am the one seeking out employment from this big wig company, that doesn’t give them the right to keep me waiting so damn long, does it?
Or am I just WAY too impatient? Well, I don’t know. I mean, it’s not like I expected her to call exactly at 10 am on the nose or anything; a few minutes late is fine. Fifteen minutes late is fine. But now it’s pushing forty minutes late and sorry, but I do have other shit to do and errands to run before my shift which starts at 1pm.
Anyway, I just called because I decided to throw caution and all of my inhibitions to the wind.
So, apparently I was just being crazy and presumptuous. It turns out she sounds like one of the nicest people EVER on the phone and the reason she wasn’t able to call me on time was because she was having technical difficulties with her computer and she was in the middle of getting it fixed. However, she will email me again today and set something up for tomorrow. And once again, I can rest assured that I still have a chance of getting this amazing job. Whew.