Thursday, July 17, 2008

Three More Hours

Ya'll - this has been the most interesting interview process in the history of my career! I went in to meet with the CEO and the lady that would be my boss today, and I was thinking... this is the CEO surely this meeting won't be much longer than a half hour - he's a busy man for crying out loud. I spend a good hour with him... then another hour with one other team member, and finally a third hour with the lady again having lunch and talking some more.

I've literally spent 8 hours with them already... I totally respect that they are trying to make sure that it's the right fit for the team, but I'm just amazed that they invest so much time in finding the right person. It really tells me a lot about the difference in this organization compared to the one I just left.

We had another good meeting, and I was equally impressed with the CEO - a very bright man that has a very supportive management style. It's really different from what I'm coming from - just because they give their staff so much room to spread their wings and take things wherever you want to go... and in so many ways I feel like I've been a caged animal for the last three years. I never was able to suggest things or make them my own... so that in and of itself is sort of overwhelming.

At the end of the meeting we went over a few things we talked about the first day - like the salary requirements (gasp... I know Dad, you aren't supposed to talk about money until they decide they want you, but I got trapped into that one), and it sounds like they are on board with that. She did tell me that they're interviewing one other person, but that I'm definitely leading the pack - but they need to finish the process with this other candidate before they move forward. She asked for my references, which I know I've got the best people behind me there - so I have no doubt that they'll tell her exactly what I have, and maybe even some better things.

When I left she told me that if someone else offered me a job that she wanted to talk to me before I accept it... we'll see how that plays out because I'm not sure that if another offer came in (teaching) that they could compete with that... in fact, I know they couldn't.

The weird thing is that when I got home - I had another call for an interview with a college down the street from my house. The position is for the continuing education manager - which I'm going to have to go back and look up what the job description says about the job... but I have a phone interview with them on Monday. I'm still waiting to hear back from my principal friend as well, but maybe she's not checking email until she gets back in the office on Monday...

So things are rolling and the prospects are pretty good... so we'll see where I land in the next few weeks.

I did get set up with a surgeon today as well - so I meet with him on Monday, and from what his receptionist told me after we meet on Monday - it'll be about a week to a week and a half before I can get a surgery date. Not bad at all... so it looks like I'll be able to go on my girl's weekend trip after all... which will be great. I haven't ever gotten to spend time with my sisters & stepmom like that, and while we're VASTLY different... it'll be a fun weekend to connect with them more as adults.

I absolutely think that God's hands are all over my life right now, and providing the right steps for each thing to happen in its own time... and I think that right now I feel at peace with whatever happens... that's not to say that I won't be emotional if the teaching thing doesn't work out this year, but I really get a sense that he's in charge right now and will provide the offer that he thinks is best for me right now. The timing is just right for anything to happen at this point - so it's up to him and I'll go with it - whatever it is.

Wow - that's pretty profound and mature of me, right? HA! Oh, I can talk a good game, but when it comes down to it - I'm an emotional mess a lot of the time. Mostly because I am so passionate about what I spend my time doing, and I just feel like if I have to work - I want to make the most of it and do something that I absolutely love... and work with people I like and respect because ultimately you spend most of your time with them.

I'm off tomorrow for more organizing at Susan's... so if nothing else - I'll get some work done and play with Brooklyn (and hopefully Taylor) for a bit. Oh, and it's an excuse for a Starbucks!! YIPEE! It doesn't take much to make me happy... and lately a warm yummy Starbucks coffee every once in a while seems like such a luxurious treat.