Job Application Experiences

My most recent job application resulted in the position I’m currently in. I was fortunate in that I knew my hiring manager from a previous employer, and we had good rapport. I reached out to him months prior the job opening, stating I had reached a plateau in my current position and was looking for a change. He said he wasn’t hiring currently, but we kept in touch. Months later a position on his team became available. He reached out to me and we began the conversation.

Even though my future boss had a good idea of my work ethic, the interview process was still integral to assessing whether I was the right “fit” for the company and position. As mentioned in our reading, making hiring mistakes is not only costly, but also a waste of time for both the candidate and organization.

The process started with a phone screen. Next, I was invited to an onsite interview. My future boss asked me a series of question related to my work experience, project management skills, and situational scenarios, particularly in the “STAR” format (Situation, Task, Actions, Results). The in-person interview was also an opportunity for me to learn about his team and the organization’s structure. My boss has always been a visual person. At one point in the interview, he made an org chart on the white board. I really appreciated this!

The interview process was highly organized and efficient. Reflecting on this today, this reflects positively on how the company runs. It was also very expeditious. From the time I was asked to do a phone screen and then offered a position, it was only 2 weeks. I’ve had experiences where the process takes months. You are invited back and forth for interviews only to find out the position was “cancelled” due to shift in company’s priorities.

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2 thoughts on “Job Application Experiences

  1. Alina,

    Your story is a great example of how hiring managers need to take employee selection very seriously! As you mentioned, one may have a great relationship with a hiring manager or other employee, but that is not the only factor that needs to be considered. You can get along well but not be fit for a particular job. It sounds like this particular experience went well, and I admire your boss’s organization with the hiring process; that definitely makes a difference! I believe that having a good application process is really important in making your applicants feel as though they are valued and have a good general perception of the company as a whole. I bet it felt great to get this job, congrats!

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