January 22, 2010, 5:00 am

A Job Interview Story

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Career
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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?

–         Etc.

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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Comments

I’m reminded of this scene from Dumb and Dumber:

Harry: “I can’t believe we drove around all day and there’s not a single job in this town. Nothing, nada, zip!”
Lloyd: “Yeah. Unless you want to work forty hours a week!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3JnJqnDQzs

Best of luck with the job search — love your blog.

you knew exactly what you were looking for. When there is a will, there’s a way. Stick to your core values and find the company that would fit yours.

It seems like your company has given you quite a bit, like letting you work a four day week, or paying for your MBA. You also got a raise recently and seemed to like your bonus. So why are you looking for another job?

I understand wanting to see what’s out there, but at the same time perhaps you are undervaluing potential opportunities at your current job.

by: The Financial Blogger | January 23rd, 2010 (10:40 am)

@ Financial Aisle,
It is funny that you are mentioning this as I have realized that I couldn’t get my 4 days schedule everywhere with this job interview. I guess I am just looking to make more money….

Yep… and there’s something to be said about working 4 and getting off 3 – really – life is so different working 5 or 6 or like some business owners, 7.

oh, well good luck to your career searching. but what you did was fun, I’m even thinking of trying that since i have an interview this Wednesday, I’m not desperate in getting this job but just wanna try it though.

by: The Financial Blogger | January 25th, 2010 (5:38 am)

@Doctor Stock
yeah I know! working 4 days a week is the best thing ever!
I can’t picture myself working 5 days a week anymore!

[…] the Financial Blogger points out, the “do you have any questions?” portion of the job interview is supposed to be an opportunity to show your prospective employer that you know something about […]

I’m starting to laugh! hahaha! I just remind myself in this “Job Interview Situation”, First, i was taking the company’s initial exam and interview (it includes General Knowledge test, Numbers, etc.) and thank God, I’ve pass. But before that, back at the interview, I stopped at a moment when the HR ask me to sing; Huh? Is it really necessary? Well, i did of course. Just to get the job and have an extra money making. 🙂

Anyway, this is a nice post! Thanks TFB!

[…] the Financial Blogger points out, the “do you have any questions?” portion of the job interview is supposed to be an opportunity to show your prospective employer that you know something about […]

The good thing is you don’t need the job so you can certainly afford to look for what you want, somewhere that will be a good fit for both you and the potential employer. No sense in pussy footing around the issue, if that is what you are looking for you should go for it.

Hih TFB – Why are you looking for anew job after hitting 6 figures and mentioning you had a great year?

Is this a case of wanting more? I thought you were happy with what you were doing?

IMO, it’s worth making 50-100K more working 15-20 hrs more a week. It’s like a shot in the arm and helps a ton.

4 day work week is gutsy, but good for you for asking!

Best, Sam

@ Financial Samurai,

I sound like a big baby, don’t I? Seriously, I am looking elsewhere to see what is being offered elsewhere and so far, I realize that I have very good working conditions!

I have realized that I wasn’t too bad where I am 😉 In the end, I am just looking to make a bigger based income 😉

[…] Financial blogger shares his recent job interview story. He is currently shopping for new employment, but it also sounds like he has a decent gig right […]

how many hours do u work a week?
i suppose 4 days=10 hrs= 40hrs a week or do u work 8 hours what time do u work in order to have time to spend with family and weekends are free days right or is work common?
if u were to work 5 days would u work 8 hrs a day or more?