Being interviewed for a position is always an interesting activity, and I often feel that I read too much into what happens. But, I think after yesterday’s interview, I might be on the money this time.
The interview yesterday began as normal as any other: I introduced myself to the manager, we went into a small meeting room and began some idle chit chat, and then we delved into some interview style questions. I tried hard to make the meeting as conversation as possible- I had him going off on tangents about the products that they use, the direction of the company, and the struggles they’ve recently been finding- which for me was fantastic. It meant that we got to converse more, I learnt about the business while being able to offer a few thoughtfully placed remarks here and there. What took me back a little bit was about 20 minutes into the interview, the manager turned around and said that while looking at my resume he didn’t see me a fit for the role I had applied for, but he could see me as a great fit for a new position that they had just started advertising.
This was… good? The thing that takes me back about it the most is that this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. Several times now- more than a couple- I’ve interviewed and landed jobs that I didn’t specifically apply for, but the employer just happened to see a match for their position and my skills and background.
I’m not sure if this means I should start applying for more jobs that I’m better suited to, or if this technique is actually working out for me. I guess time will tell.
After an hour interview yesterday the manager told me that he was happy to put my name forward to the next round, but while he’s the state manager, the final decision rests with the national manager. Fingers and toes, I suppose.