The Daily EO: May 14th, 2012

I was a smart kid.  I always did well in grade school and I found it easy to navigate the world’s requirements.  I actually looked forward to taking tests and exams because it allowed me to prove to myself (and others) how smart I was.  Hey!  I said I was smart, not modest.   Anyways, I eventually learned that I wasn’t all that and a bag of chips.  And became much easier to live with in the process, I’m sure.  You’d have to ask my mom.

I was contacted on Friday afternoon by a recruiter to request a second interview.  She warned me, the second interview wasn’t going to be easy like the first – they were really going to “grill” me.  Hmmm.  I accepted the second interview and set it for Monday at 11:00 am.  As I was driving to the interview, the recruiter called me again to let me know the HR person called to warn there would be a lot of managers in the room – “Don’t get intimidated”.

This is where my childhood desire to prove how well I know my stuff came into play.  Grill me?  Bring it!  Intimidate me?  Just try it!  Ha!  Ask me anything about Materials Management, Manufacturing Philosophy, Management Principles!  I’m ready.   Pshaw!  Grill me, will you?  I Grill You!

And they tried.   The questions were intelligent, appropriate, and normally perhaps difficult.  But I’ll tell you this – once you’ve worked at a well-managed company that eventually went into receivership during the midst of unprecedented upheaval in your industry (automotive) and watched the American financial system collapse, there isn’t much that can faze you.  And afterall, I am a Materials Manager and that’s was they were looking for – its not like I had to name all the bones in the human body.

May 14th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  That was no grilling – that was a tanning bed.

Maintenance May Day 14:
Packed a healthy low-calorie lunch to eat on the drive home from the interview (body).
Asked the President of the company why there was a sign in their lobby that Read “31 Years of Excellence.  1980-2011”.  Did the excellence stop?  (career or not?)
Extremely courteous and friendly to the cashier at Shopper’s Drug Mart who was having a terrible day.  (soul)

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The Daily EO: March 15, 2012

Today I had an interview for CSR/Materials Manager in the GTA.  I did well, I think.  It’s sometimes hard to say.

We talked and I answered questions with the plant manager, the controller and the HR representative.  The entrance, reception area and boardroom all had that frayed but tidy look – the one of little money being spent.  I like that look.  It worries me when I see a lot of money splashed up on the walls.  Is that painting the training budget?  Is that reception desk the bonus program?

I arrived at 15 minutes before my allotted time and this seemed to cause a bit of a panic.  The receptionist ran to find the plant manager.  When he could not be found,  the plant manager’s boss (“The Boss”) was located.  The Boss called the controller’s cell.  He called the plant manager’s cell.  He called the HR rep’s cell.  I told him it was alright, I was early and that I was just here for an interview – I could wait.  “The Boss” finally reached the plant manager, and let me know that he was on his way.

While I sat in the reception area, I was alone.  I studied the pictures, stole some earplugs for Emile (I need something concrete out of this experience), and waited.  The reception area was in the middle of the building and team members often walked by going about their business.  Every single one of thing acknowledged me with a nod or smile, but most asked if I had been looked after.  It was pleasing to see how the team members wanted to look after their customers.

At about 5 to, a red-headed man walked by studying his cell phone, paying me no heed.  After he was out of eyesight, but not earshot, I overheard him speaking with a team member about orders and how to schedule them.

Let’s recap here – the plant manager knew I was waiting in the reception awaiting his arrival.

I waited another 7 or 8 minutes, and finally the red-headed man came to introduce himself as the plant manager and asked me to follow him.  And follow him I did – literally, he walked down the hallways ahead of me, again studying his cell phone.

I asked a lot of questions to ascertain if I was a fit, and vice versa.  After 1 hour and 20 minutes we had all got our answers for now.  Do I want to work there?  I am still processing and I suppose they need to offer me a job before I really have to think too hard.

March 15, 2012 Extra-Ordinary Event: Remembering the little things count.  I remember the interview and impressions and will focus on that too, but the couch snub and the “follow me” thing? – it’s staying with me tonight.