Second job interview was interesting

Had my second interview today,and I had a more optimistic attitude

Do the dance

Getting more comfortable with interviews after failed job interviews

Let me do a happy dance!

After an interview for a video editing job position today, I felt much better. I finally felt that feeling that I didn’t feel when I did my previous interview where I had so much regret that I didn’t do well with my answers. With this recent interview, I felt at ease and comfortable enough to express all my answers in all honesty, in a professional way of course.

It wasn’t just mental preparation. I wanted to feel good in my clothes and make up. Again, with my previous interview, my make-up was running and it made me so uncomfortable that I do think it added to my nerves and my physical presentation. And so I asked my husband to just let me buy some stuff (make up and hair products) so that I would at least look professional enough. I had a blazer on, a cute white top to match with it, black slacks and nude heels, with simple make up and flat-ironed hair. I did keep my dragonfly earrings on instead of putting the pearls because I didn’t want to be too corporate because I did have a feeling that it was going to be a casual work office.

The company I had my interview with is a small company which mainly deals with post-production. The fact that they were casual and laid-back made me comfortable conversing with them, instead of sounding like a robot with every answer I say. The interview process was short, direct, casual. Before it started, I was talking to one of them and it kind of broke the ice because we talked about something in common: immigration process. After that chat, I had three people interviewing me (which was a first for me because I’ve had a one-on-one interviews or a panel interview with one interviewer asking at least three applicants questions related to the job.) It was scary at first because I have to say an answer which will satisfy all three interviewers.

I would have to say, prepping for an interview and making sure your clothes and make up, does help in making you feel at ease and less nervous. The only time I got nervous was when I stepped into the office and everyone was looking, and when my hair tie got loose and so my hair was just annoyingly hanging on the left side of my face, with which I had to remove my hair tie and continue answering their questions with my hair down (which I hope did not get me any bad point), and I didn’t realize I was fiddling with the hair tie that it fell on the floor which cut off my speech and I had to pick it up form the floor (which I am hoping I don’t get any bad point for that too.)

I didn’t forget to send a thank you note, and I heard back from them a few hours afterwards saying they’ll let me know by next week, that is if I get to do the next part of the hiring process or if everything I said during the interview wasn’t enough.

Fingers crossed, I really do hope I hear back from them again.

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Got another interview

Thank you God I got another job interview

Fist pump yeah

Hoping to pass this job interview

I really felt that I messed up my last one and so when I got the email that I’m invited for an interview with a different company, I got excited, and then fearful; fearful that I might not do that great yet again.

I know over-thinking and letting fear rule you will just make you feel all the more worse during the interview. I feel more confident with this one though because the job position is something I know I can really do. It is related to video editing, which I have more than 5 years of experience. And when I was told that part of the hiring process is having to do some video editing, it kind of scared me for a bit because I haven’t edited videos for about 5-6 months (due to immigrating).

Here’s hoping I feel better (being sick sucks) by the time the interview comes around.

I survived my first job interview in the US!

Surviving my first US job interview – and I feel like I really didn’t do my best

Eh

You know that feeling of how calm your state and being is after an interview? It never lasts long, because you suddenly think of how bad you did at the interview? I still feel it. Three hours after the interview I still feel it. I feel like I didn’t do my best. I had two interviews today (one was from my application which I created a web-based cover letter for, and the other one was through my father-in-law)

The first interview was nerve-wracking for me. She was very nice though. The interview started off well. We broke the ice by talking about the weather. And then the questions started coming in. I can’t list them all because there were a lot, but I knew she wanted to get to know how I was as a professional, how I deal with work and be creative, about social media management, etc. All of which I answered but it just feels like all the things I said were not the complete answers I wanted to say. Nerves would overcome me and I would choke on  my word, or stutter, or my mind will just go blank. I did try my best, but I really wished that I did better.

The second was went well too. It was more casual, laid back. The only down side was, it was a job I don’t have any experience in, and she did say there’s no career advancement since it is a small company. If it doesn’t work well with the first interview I went to, this is an option for me as well. If it doesn’t work for either, I would just have to keep trying and finding.

I would say I am more nervous and excited in a way with the first one. However, the second one as this work aura that I am comfortable in (definitely reminded me of my previous workplace which was good since I liked the laid back days we would have after our busy months.)

Sending thank you notes after the interview

I  must admit, this is a practice that I never did back in the Philippines. A few might have done it, but it’s never a popular practice. And after reading articles online, it seems like it’s something you shouldn’t forget to do. And I did send my thank you notes. I am looking forward to their messages telling me whether or not I get to do the next step of the hiring process or if I didn’t make the cut.

I’ll know if I do or don’t by tomorrow or by the end of next week.

I got a job interview!

I got a job interview – now what?

Remember when I told you guys I did another creative cover letter and hoping I would hear back from the two companies I have applied to? Earlier today, I’ve heard from one of them and yes – they wanted me to go there for an interview. I was just about to hop into the shower when I got the message and I got so ecstatic that I was jumping up and down and rushed to my husband to tell him of the good news. As the excitement wore off throughout the day, the nervousness kicks in.

How do I prepare for an interview?

I have worked for different companies since taking a break from college, undergoing internships and summer jobs, but it always comes down to the same question  – how am I going to prepare for an interview? It stresses me out and it gives the butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling and it is never a good feeling.

And so, I’m treating this like an upcoming oral examination. I’m reviewing the company’s history and profile, looking at their social media’s content, using Google to my advantage and reading on tips and whatnot. But, at the end of it all, all my reviewing will be for nothing if I get to my worst nerve-wracked state ever – the “ah-uhm-stutter” syndrome.

I have always been told that as you answer interview questions, you look at them in the eye and say your answer in a straight manner; it shows how confident you are with how you present yourself. And there are times where it is hard for me to do so because I feel like I don’t have that much confidence. I don’t want to be stuck in that moment where all I say is “Uh, uhm, ah” and just stutter all over the place.

One thing that helped me (back when I applied for a call center back in the Philippines) was I took a list of common interview questions and I prepared my answers and practiced it in front of the mirror (I know, it’s weird, but it worked because I got the job). I might have to do it again for this job interview, just to get all my bases covered.

The other thing that I think is also crucial when it comes to job interviews is what you wear. I’m no fashionista and I would just go with the usual slacks. But working in a university setting where smart casual clothes are welcomed made me too comfy with wearing jeans and flat shoes. Putting on slacks and heeled shoes will make me feel like it’s the first time I’m wearing them again – and when it’s that “first time feeling”, I get too self-absorbed with how I’m presenting myself that I actually feel like I’m making a fool of myself, and it makes my confidence slowly go down the drain. I would have to find comfy interview clothes that makes me comfy enough to be myself and not be a nervous wreck during the interview.

I still have a day to prepare myself and go into a zen-state before meeting the interviewer. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and wish me luck!

Creative Cover Letter for a Job Application

Cover Letter idea – creative, unique, out-of-the-box

Creative Cover Letter for a Job Application

My third attempt at creating a non-traditional cover letter, this time for my application in Kansas City Zoo.

My third attempt at creating a non-traditional cover letter, this time for my application in Kansas City Zoo.

Being creative and standing out from the rest when you’re applying for a job with a non-traditional cover letter

Well, I found another job I got interested in applying for. It’s a position in the Kansas City Zoo, and looking through the qualifications they want, I do fit 75%-80% of it. What scared me is that it is a managerial position, and I’ve never had an experience in managerial level (not counting the fact that I was about to be promoted in my last job as Senior Video Editor, but I had to immigrate to the US so it never officially happened.) I’ve been seeing the job position since December of last year but never really bothered because I think I am way too under qualified. It’s January and I still see the position open, so hey, why not? I know I will only regret it more if I didn’t even try at least.

There was this online article I’ve read titled Why You Should Still Apply to a Job Even If You Don’t Meet the Exact Job Requirements and the article said:

“Don’t let a job listing’s list of criteria intimidate you. The list of requirements are more a wish list for the ideal candidate and may not need to be taken so literally, advises the Daily Muse… The worse thing that can happen if you apply and aren’t a good fit is not getting an interview or the job. If you don’t apply? You definitely won’t.”

And so that’s what I did; tossed my fears into the wind yet again and just went for it. As always, since I don’t have any other software on the laptop I’m using (because it is not mine and I just feel that I’m a mean person if I try installing video editing and/or graphic software), I relied on Wix again to help me create an exclusive webpage for my web-based cover letter. So far,  out of the three unique cover letters I have created, I have only heard back from one (with which the HR said they voted for the job position to be closed and opened another one – and this new job opening made me feel like I can’t do the job responsibilities it listed down. Actually, it was just that one responsibility which I feel that I will fail at. And so I haven’t really applied to that new job they suggested to me.)

Let’s keep our fingers crossed, people. I hope I hear from the other two sometime next month. I do not like being unemployed, more so if it’s hitting the sixth month mark.

USCIS updates regarding Adjustment of Status

AOS Card Production one week after getting Potential Interview Waiver

Today has been a good day, at least in relation to my Adjustment of Status petition (AOS) from a K1 visa to Permanent Resident. Short background: November 2012, my then-fiance (now husband) and I started our journey to be together and filed for a K1 visa, immigrated to the US on August 1, 2013, got married September 1, 2013, and started the AOS journey October 2013.  I was fearful that the whole process will take a really long while and I would have a lot of trouble with the process and paperwork. But I guess my fears were for nothing and that my husband and I have been doing a great job with the whole process.

I got the potential interview waiver letter last week, January 10, which made me kind of dismayed since the letter said it will take an additional 6 months for the Kansas City USCIS local field office in Missouri to process the AOS petition. However, the update I received earlier really put my spirits up. Having the permanent residency card (or green card) will make it easier for me to just go in and out of the US so my husband and I could visit my family back in the Philippines, and for more permanent opportunities job-wise and other benefits of having a US permanent residency card or green card.

The USCIS update says the card could be mailed out and received within 60 days so, I will just have to wait and see if it will be mailed out in time.