This is the first weekend after my interview blitz. Three interviews and no offers as of yet. Right now it it the waiting game where I yearn to hear back positive news from my interviewers and try to earnestly keep on the job search challenge. I did apply to a few more jobs this week, about 1 a day although the overall search activity was lukewarm. Not a lot of informational interview happened this week.
The fourth Accenture interview I thought went well. Not my favorite option but there are possibilities. Actually I would like the job offer if only to weigh my options. The conversation did flow and there were no awkward moments which I take as a good sign.
The Univar interview for the Service Manager’s job went about as well as it could. It seemed more like an on-site phone interview. I drove an hour to and from the interview only to have it last about 15 minutes. As I was leaving the interview I could see the next candidate waiting for his turn. Thank you letters went out and I am still waiting.
The IDBS phone screen went OK. The interviewer asked what I knew about their products. I did not do research for this screen because I was familiar with the company and knew why I wanted to work there. I listed off everything I knew about their flagship chem-bioinformatics databases. This did not win me any points as the interviewer quickly followed up that I had not mentioned their Electronic Laboratory Notebook. The rest of the interview went fine; it was not bad but did not have that spark of confidence that would leave me to believe that something would follow. I am still hopeful, since I am curious about the opportunity to try my first attempt at salesmanship. My lack of sales and prospecting experience did come up and I did my best to deflect it with a sense of enthusiasm for the job. In my opinion I deserve to move forward to the interview process, but that is my opinion and not related to facts.
Next week I am going to concentrate more on setting up informational interviews and picking company targets than actually applying for jobs. It seems that being on the phone, for what ever reason, is more productive than my sending out resumes. Hopefully, next week will bring some good news - I am determined to think positively in that direction.