Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I'm not sure if I'm more nervous or more anxious. Maybe it's both equally. I haven't had a formal job interview in quite some time, yet tomorrow, I have a big one.
At the end of February, I applied online for a Communications Officer for a local law enforcement agency. Not long after, I got an email inviting me to take a test for the position. I was told the test would take approximately 3.5 hours, and THAT made me nervous. I had absolutely NO idea what kind of rigorous testing would require that much time. While the testing was quite rigorous, it wasn't too bad. We had to take a typing test, of sorts, before being allowed to continue to the rest of the testing. There were 8 of us, and only 4 were allowed to continue. We only needed to score 70% on the remainder, and I scored 89%. The testing was a combination of things. Most of it was a simulation of calls one might receive working in a 911 call center. We had to listen to the call and enter information before the call ended, and in the meantime a call would beep in and we had to decide within a few seconds, which of 4 departments to dispatch. The hardest part for me was getting VIN information entered correctly when other calls were beeping in. Anyways.... I passed it all.
We were then sent down to the HR department to turn in some documents and to sign a paper allowing them to start a background check on us. The HR guy told us he'd be calling us once that came back and getting us in and getting us working. I'm thinking that will take a few weeks being as how it's for the police department. Well, I got a call after only a week to schedule an interview. I do currently have a security clearance through my current job, so maybe that helped? I'm not sure. Or maybe, they do the more thorough check after the interview. I did some research yesterday and it looks like it may vary by agency. I noticed a lot of them do polygraph and all that as well. All the same stuff as if you were to become and actual police officer. I'm not really worried about all that though.
Why am I anxious? Well, my current job I got because I knew someone I used to work with who worked where I used to work. Basically I sent her my resume and she is a supervisor who passed it on to her supervisor and that was that. I just had to fill out paperwork. A few jobs before that were a bit informal. Then prior to that was the same job I have now, just through a different company, but was straight out of the Army and kind of the same deal. I just met with the guy doing the hiring one day when I was still in uniform. He was here visiting his contractors and someone mentioned I was getting out so he asked me if I had a job yet. So that was that again. Prior to the Army was another series of informal jobs.
It has been years before then that I had my last formal interview. Like a few years out of high school years since my last formal interview! And I've seen where a lot of these interviews are in front of a panel of people. That I've never had. I know I'm going to be so nervous! And I'm anxious too. I'm really looking forward to this job. I think I'll really like it. Plus it's full time, permanent, with benefits. I enjoy my current job, but it's contract, and the contract is about to end. At this time they don't think it's getting renewed, and if not then I'm out of work come the end of June. So yeah, I'm anxious!
Wish me luck!