administrative assistant, single mom, working

The interview

Since I had put my boss and one of my co-workers down as references for this new job, I had no choice but to break it to them that I had an interview today. I cried a little. I will probably cry a lot more if I actually do get the job.

I don’t know if I’ve truly expressed how much I love my boss. She is the most positive person I’ve ever met. She’s been through her own hellish divorce, found love again after many years a single mom, and continues to inspire me everyday. She works like a dog, and I have never once seen her let someone down. She deeply cares for every single person she comes in contact with, be it through her job, or personal life.

As far as the support she’s given me throughout the Rooferman drama, she has read the letters I’ve mailed him, been to court with me, given me advice on the situation, understood when I had to pick up my daughter because of a custodial emergency, even babysat for me so I could go to mediation. She also bought my daughter a ticket to the Polar Express this year. I can’t express the gratitude and love I feel for my boss. Its beyond just a working relationship now, its a deep friendship.

My interview went well. I knew 2 out of the 3 people who interviewed me, and of course they all wanted to know how LB was doing. The questions were more generic than I had anticipated, which was a relief on one aspect, but a tiny bit disappointing on the other. I could have answered much tougher questions and really proved my abilities. They introduced me to the office employees that I didn’t know, and told me they would have a decision by the end of the week.

The only thing that made me a little doubtful was their statement of “If you don’t get this job, would you be interested in another position in our department?” So, I don’t know if that means they have selected someone else, or if that’s the standard question because they have two openings and are trying to kill two birds with one stone.

Either way, I feel good about it. I’m going to toot my own horn a little bit here, because I give a damn fine interview. I got two laughs and lots of smiles and nods during the process.

I also stopped by the HR department to finalize the details of the salary and insurance costs. Indeed, I would be making $2.50 more an hour, almost $900 more a month. Insurance averages about $200 a month depending on the plan you choose.

I don’t want to get myself too excited, but damn, with those figures, its hard not to.

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28 thoughts on “The interview”

  1. I’m sure you did great, and I’d be crossing my fingers if I didn’t need them to type.
    How did your boss react to the news about your interview? She does sound awesome.
    And what was your answer about the other opening?

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  2. Bad Mummy- Thanks!

    April- I told them I would have to look at the job description for the other job before I made a decision whether I was interested. My boss looked sad, worried about all the work we have to do in the next month, but she hugged me and told me she supported me.

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  3. Congratulations…I really hope it works out for you! Your boss sounds like the kind of person who only wants what’s best for you and LB so she’s going to be happy for you even if it means she has to find a replacement. Hopefully it will work out so that you can help screen and train the replacement before you actually leave. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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  4. Prayers, good thoughts, basic ju-ju… whichever you prefer… on the way! That would be such a great pay increase for you. I’m crossing everything I can.

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  5. Hehehehe, I read LauraKim’s comment and thought for a minute they asked you about STD’s. *giggle*

    I’m sending YAY vibes over to you sweets, and I’m hoping things turn out the exact way you need them to.

    *hugs*

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  6. Of course you give good interview! You are awesome in the written word and girl, from experience, I know how good you are in person! You made old ladies cry at the luncheon! People were still calling me, three month later, to ask me about the “young lady who spoke to us” that day! GO GET ‘EM! (Seriously, good luck. I’m sending good thoughts into the universe for you.)

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  7. On an unrelated note, your cluster map down here is very interesting. Why do you not have readers in Mongolia/Siberia? Hell, someone in Madagascar is reading. The Internet is CREEPY.

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  8. It’s always so hard to leave when there’s great people. I have known too many people who stayed at a bad job b/c they liked the people. That is cool to see she supported you. Congrats on doing so well in the interview. And those numbers would make me smile too.

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  10. YEAH!! Ed just told me he got a text from you today that YOU GOT IT! Yay for you, you need a better year sweetie & thingsa little easier! We’re hoping everything gets sweeter with rooferman too & court goes ALL your way as the responsible one! GO LITTLE MOMMA! ME & the boys, and little gabby in 2.5 weeks will be waiting to hear more updates! Take care, and as always I love reading up on you two and Durango! I can’t wait to read the update because Ed said you got even more $ YIPPEE for you – maybe it means a house for you & LB & a yard or something! We’re gonna try to hit durango during the summer when Gabby is a tad bit older – we’ll call you!

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  11. Congratulations!

    I’m sure that extra cash is going to go a long way for you.

    Hopefully everything else will start falling into place for you.

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