The other day, I was writing about looking for a job and what I was looking for. Big surprise here, I am looking to see what is on the market… again 😉
After the great year I just finished, I feel like a free agent after a 40 goal season. I know exactly what I am looking for and I guess you’ll hear about a few job interview stories during the coming months.
Am I happy where I am? Yup, but I still think I am underpaid (who doesn’t think that anyway? Hahaha!). But seriously, I know that I could get an additional $10,000 per year if I get a bigger portfolio of clients. They usually pay a higher base salary for those books as they require a more experienced planner to take care of these clients. Since I want to pay off the loan from my parents no later than this year, I need to find more money somewhere, right? Hahaha!
So here I am, writing this article right after my job interview (shhhh it was with a competitor ;-)). I did the first job interview on the phone with the HR girl (evil HR off course 😉 ). The first job interview is often to validate if you have the technical skills required for the job and if you know what you have to do. Then, I got a real job interview with the manager and one of his colleagues.
This job interview was definitely to see if I would make a good match with my “potentially future” manager. They ask you questions like:
– Who are you?
– What do you like about your job?
– What do you not like about it?
– Why are you looking for another job?
– Why did you choose our company?
– What drives you at work?
– What is your career plan?
The interview went quite well…. Until we hit a very special point;: the famous moment during the job interview where the guy says: “do you have any questions for us?”. This is where it went sour ;-).
When you are asked about your question during a job interview, this is usually the perfect time to show your interviewer that you know something about the job, the company or if you have any special requests.
Most people don’t ask for much because they are stressed by the job interview or because they don’t have anything smart to say (which is a pretty good strategy by itself 😉 ). Some are afraid to get cut based on the questions or the requests they make. Since I am not desperately looking for a job, I don’t mind not making the cut during the job interview with my questions.
I actually laugh about the situation since I know exactly what I am looking for and I know it will take time before I find it: I want the perfect job according to my standards and I am not willing to make any sacrifices since I am already there yet.
So this is how I told them that I was looking for a 4 day a week schedule and that this wasn’t negotiable. This is the exact moment where I saw their faces go ballistic:
The first guy was definitely thinking something like: “That is too bad son, you seem to be a good prospect for this job but you will never work for us”.
The funniest was the other person, she stared at me and the look in her eyes was screaming: “You little lazy Y! How dare you come here demanding such a request? I can’t even believe that you work!”
And this is when I realized that I would never work for this employer. I don’t think they are part of a bad company, I am simply realizing that we don’t have the same core values. They value long work hours, face time, to appease your colleagues without regards for how you get the job done. I am prone to working less while earning more.
During my MBA courses, we saw the concept of Employer-Employee fit. I think this will be a big deal in my case. If I can’t stand my employer’s value, I will not even consider the job. Actually, I could have made $150 to $200K with this job (quite an increase in my pay check, right?). However, I would have to work days and nights, up to 60 hours a week and say goodbye to my other projects (and my quality time with my family….).
So I am on to the next interview in the job hunt… hopefully I’ll find something interesting before summer!
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