Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My First Job Interview -- EVER

Last week, my phone rang. It was a local number that I didn't know. So, I didn't answer. That's typically how I roll. I'd rather just wait for the voicemail.

But this voicemail was not at all what I expected.

This voicemail was a man offering me a job interview. Me! For a job I hadn't even applied for. He even congratulated me on my outstanding resume. I kid you not my heart was racing. My palms started sweating.

I was listening to this voicemail at work and it felt as if everyone knew I just got a phone call about another job. Of course, though, they hadn't.

Before I go any further, do you even know what I do for a living? No? Well, I'm a paralegal {not licenced, so technically legal assistant}.

You see, the month of January was a rough one at my job. So, I sent my resume over to a family friend just to see if he might have an opening with his firm. He didn't; however, he apparently passed my resume on to a friend. And that friend? Well he called me up for an interview.

Last Thursday, I disappeared from the blog world in attempts to contain my nerves about this interview.

I have NEVER had an interview for a job. {serving jobs don't count}

Currently, I work for one of my best friend's step-dad. And well, they knew my background and education and no interview was necessary. Also, my current job happens to be my first big-girl job.

That brings us back to last week. I went into that interview partially prepped thanks to a friend who knew about this law firm. And partially prepped thank to my amazing twitter friends who answered my random interview questions {THANKS!}!

The verdict?

I survived the interview. In fact, some may say I rocked it. Nonetheless, my stomach was in knots the entire day before, of and after the interview.

Well readers, yesterday, they asked me back for a second interview to meet the partners.

Eeeeek!

I am terrified!

Let's talk about the position they're interviewing me for, yeah?

I would be working as a paralegal {not legal assistant like now}.
I would be doing only appellate law for the state supreme court {rather than my current district courts}.
I would be working with one attorney {rather than five}.
I would be editing for the majority of my job {as opposed to the million things I do now}.

Here are where my concerns lie....

My current job is extremely flexible with my mommy schedule. No questions are asked when I have to drop everything and leave to go get J. And unfortunately, that can be fairly often due to all of our ear and possible allergy issues. I am nervous to the 10th degree that I'll switch to a new job and they will not have the same understanding manner.

Will I enjoy this type of law? My husband thinks I'm crazy for even asking this. But he doesn't get it. Each type of law is extremely different, especially appeal cases. So, yes, I'd get to do lots of editing which I love {note: I have a journalism degree} but I would not get to do the variation that I like with my current job.

And last, the deciding factor will be money. I need a raise at my current job something fierce. No matter my concerns, if the money is good enough I'll have no choice but to ignore my fears and do what's best for my family.

Now, before we continue to get ahead of ourselves, I've got to make it through a second interview....with two partners! And these partners each have extremely impressive resumes. Like my jaw hit the floor. Oy.

Would you all please chime in below. I'd love to hear your job experiences, thoughts, guidance, anything! Tips on interviewing, new jobs, paralegal jobs or making big life-changing decisions welcome! 

13 comments:

  1. I am a paralegal too and the thought about switching to another law scares me. I have the same thoughts and feelings. Good luck with everything girl!

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  2. ahhh yay yay yay!!! so excited to hear you got a SECOND INTERVIEW!!!!!

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  3. Wear a skirt suit! That is my mom's advice...anytime I have an interview, she says to wear a skirt suit or dress, and NOT pants!

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  4. Best of luck!

    Interviews are always nerve racking. Just take it slow and be calm. That is what I have the hardest thing remembering.

    Switching jobs is always good if it is best for your family. So if they can be flexible with the baby schedule changes then I say go for it! Expand your knowledge. Growth is good!

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  5. Don't have much advice I'm afraid but wishing you the best and saying a prayer right now for the right direction in your life!! Be confident!

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  6. This is exciting! Switching jobs is always something that makes me nervous b/c it's change. You've just gotta go with your intuition and go with your instincts. I'm sure you'll make the right decision friend!

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  7. How exciting! Sure, it may be scary but I think that the random phone call could have been a sign. Good luck!

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  8. Wear a skirt suit or dress with a cute fitted blazer. If they offer you the job make sure they know you have boundries when it comes to being a momma. Google popular interview questions and prep on all of them. I did that for my current job (and I had four freakin interviews) and my boss and his boss asked me at least half of them. Good luck! You will be awesome!!!

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  9. Hang in there I know it rocks the nerves to make decisions like this but you will do what's best for you guys. Congrats on rocking the interview!

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  10. Just wanted to say good luck!!! Hoping you rock round two as well!

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  11. Definitely dress professionally and if you're concerned about having time for your family, definitely ask them about that in the interview. You want this to be a chance to find out if you'll be happy in the position, not just a chance to wow them. You'll do great!

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  12. GOOD LUCK!!! We will rock it! Interviews are always nerve wrecking but I know you will do excellent:)

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  13. Good for you and your interview Erin! It will all work out if it's meant to be! I promise!
    ♥ Kyna

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