More November Writing

And, so it continues! I’m averaging about 687 words per day. I’ve taken a day or two off, because I’ve either felt uninspired or was just too tired by the time I had a free moment to write. I think that’s okay.

I’m loving it. Writing every day (or close to it) is energizing. Paradoxically, the more I write, the more I seem to have to write about. Who knew?

Here’s what I’m sharing today, another bit of fiction:

The interview “process.” It is a process, isn’t it? Sometimes they bring you in for those first casual talks. You approach it like dating: as if you’ve already have something going on this weekend, but next? You’re available. Don’t want to come off too desperate. If you’re unlucky, the company will hold this “just a casual conversation” via online video conference. I’m not going to name the software you have to scramble to make sure you have and/or download and learn how to use just for the purpose of this job interview. You’ll brush your teeth, smooth down your hair and even hang a sheet behind you to hide the junk in whatever room in your home is quiet enough to have this conversation. Other times, you remove and rearrange. Beer bottle collection? Gone. Uninspiring, free real estate calendar? Gone. Your one and only print of some kind of art? Perfect! In it goes directly over your left shoulder. You look cultured and well-educated.

If you make it into the office building, you get paraded around. You meet the people who would become your co-workers. You meet essential members of other teams you’d be working with. If you get hired, you may be surprised that none of these people matter. They were the ones with a spare hour to interview you. All of the important ones declined. Said they were too busy. For them, it’s a fine balance of showing that they’re interested in the growth of the company and willing to participate in the interviewing process and declining so that their managers “know” that they are dedicated to getting their jobs done and that they have so much on their plates.

Finally, there comes the call. The letter that offers you the job. No matter who you are and what you do, negotiate. If you have anything to leverage: specialized training, multiple years of experience in the industry, adjacent experience that lends a unique perspective. Negotiate. The worst they can say is “no.” Ask for more money. Request more paid time off. If it makes sense, ask for a larger commission. They won’t rescind their offer. Trust me, because they hate the interview process just as much as you and they look forward to restarting the process with a new candidate about as much as you do with a new job opportunity.

 

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