Hello, follow Leathernecks! I’m sure you are all wondering about what happened with all of those interviews, well I’m about to fill you all in! Last week, I had my second interview (first in- person interview) for a Human Resources Coordinator position at Deere Employees Credit Union. I am very interested in this position, so it was exciting for me! A few days later, I got a call back for another interview, which I did this morning! This was the final interview and the entire process contained 5 tests and 3 interviews..not the easiest process to go through! I should hear the end of the week about whether or not I got the job. However, no matter what, I sure did learn a lot! I was able to practice so many answers to interview questions. They didn’t ask me the usual “What is your strength/weakness” questions. Instead they were more interested in why I am interested in Human Resources, how I can help their organization since this wasn’t my major in college and I don’t have direct Human Resource Experience, why I want to work for them, etc. The hardest questions for me was the “Why do you want to work for us?” question. I didn’t exactly think about this one before so I had to take a couple seconds and think on my toes. That is something you are allowed to do! Tell them “That was a very good question” and then pause so you can actually think before you answer.
Waiting is now the hardest part, so I’m staying busy in the meantime with campus activities and school work! Also, I have an interview with Carl Sandburg College on Friday morning so that is something else to look forward to! Even though I really want this HR position, I can’t put all of my eggs in one basket and I encourage all of you to be aware not to do the same!
I think I mentioned to you all before about a couple job offers I did have already, but knew they weren’t the right fit for me. Are you wondering how I knew they weren’t the right fit? Well, I am someone that finds every job interesting, as many do because they want a paycheck after college! However, for me I had to really think about whether or not I could see myself doing that job every single day. I took three days to think about each job and every few hours I would change my mind…that’s ok! You can take your time and work it out with yourself or with your significant other if you need to. Once you decide, then what? Well, you have to politely call and thank them for the offer but decline. This was the hardest part of the whole process! I was finally offered a few positions but I had to say no. It was a learning experience and I still feel like I made a connection or two even by declining the offer. If you need help with how to deal with a decline, the Career Development Center is very helpful! Give them a call or even send me an email, I’ll be more than happy to help!
Until next time,