Overheard in Starbucks:
Mom: Are you ready to go?
Boy: Sure Mommy, but firrst.. I need to push in the chair!
Mom: Ok buddy..
Boy: (jumping excitedly up and down)
I got the donut, i got the donut, I GOT the donut.
Mom: Yes you did! You can eat it in the car.
Boy: It’s ALL about the donut!
2nd round interview today was just as “abrasive” as the first. The majority of the interview was with a board member who I really liked. I connected well with her and felt she was nice and asked good questions. She had worked in Nairobi previously as a volunteer or intern in her 20’s. At the end of the main part of the interview, The director and deputy director came in, did another role play, and of course nitpicked 1 or 2 things. The director then remarks that it’s “Casual Fridays” and that usually he is “Dressed better then (I am)”. Ok, wtf does that have to do with the position? I don’t know.
Anyways, the position itself is not the issue. I could probably do it, but it’s clear that the director likes hard-sell people who will be very aggro with potential donors. I tend to be non-aggro and focused on building a relationship with funders that reflects their interests and core values. Clearly we have different approaches. It seems from talking to the board member that the organization is worse off financially then they let on. This makes sense given the current climate and the gist of their roleplay focus on getting high value donors. Honestly, I am not sure whether I would fit in personality wise because I am really not a hard sell/aggro type of person. I also don’t do well with abrasive/biting humor that borders on criticism. Constructive criticism is one thing,hinting that you dress better then someone is just really, I dunno.. bizarre? I prefer tried and true instead of pushy, risky, and untested. Perhaps that means I am boring in my grant writer personality? I don’t know. My dad seems to think that Program Development is more my thing anyway, and I would tend to agree.
The nice thing about this NC position is that I have only talked to the main go to person there once, and I liked Margaret the second she started talking. She seems professional, kind, on the ball. The job would also allow me to manage and mentor volunteers and groups of volunteers on certain projects. I enjoy mentoring college age folks because they tend to be fairly dynamic and creative, so I like that I will not be a desk slave. I don’t see this being a 3 year gig anyway, but would consider doing 2 years if I really liked the outfit. It’s possible I could also stay and transition, as orgs are usually open to this. I just have to see how things go next week with initial phone screens.
Anyone else had an interview like that?
Yes actually. I got a text message calling me a “Bitch” and asking “Wy did u brk up wid me? Dont do me lik dat.. I wanted 2 get wit u”. I had to inform the person that I was not only NOT a bitch ( I’m a dude) but that I doubted that asking your ex to “get wid me” was not going to win her back.
acityonourknees-deactivated2012 said: You're so wise. haha How's life with you? Did you figure out what you're going to do about that job interview?
The PT job called me for round 2. Although I have other potential FT stuff that COULD come up, I am going to go in for round 2 on Friday and see how I feel. It IS work, but it has no benefits and is only about 19 hours a week. I am not sure yet if I will say yes if offered because I don’t like to dash in to a job only to dash out.