Many companies teach the major skills needed to fulfill the responsibilities of an advertised job to their hires. This leaves some room to conclude that skills aren’t 100% the reason for hiring. Soft skills like relationship building, adaptability, etc matter a lot.
This is a sequel to the last post. If you missed it, please read here.
The next round of interviews put our soft skills to test. 25 candidates were taken to a top-notch restaurant in Atlanta for dinner. Each candidate was sat beside, and across from a staff. We were expected to engage in relationship-building dialogue, and luckily for me, that comes easily.
One of the appetizers offered to us was chips (crisps) and salsa. Unfortunately, with the first chip I took, the salsa chose to drop on the white part of my white and grey dress! At the beginning of dinner! Allow me repeat that. Salsa (red) dropped on the white part of my white and grey dress AT THE BEGINNING OF DINNER! My confidence went from 9.82/10 to 7.96. At that moment, I knew I had to blow their minds to be given a shot.
I took the role of asking engaging questions: “What are your favorite shows?” “Favorite fast food restaurants?” I did my best to make the conversation light, as I had learned not to ask things like “what are the duties of your job” at a “laid-back” dinner. The night ended on a high note, and I may have been the only one who noticed my salsa stain.
The following day, we assembled at the CNN center, downtown Atlanta. We had an hour- long orientation with the VP’s of the different departments. Really mind blowing what their jobs entail, and how they climbed up their career ladders! From the orientation, I learned that if I’m ever called for an interview, I must read up on the regulations of the company, and come with intelligent questions (I’d share more about asking questions in a later post).
Now, the serious part commenced! We had 3 interviews with 3 different directors, in different departments. My strategy for these interviews: immediately identify things that connected the interviewer and I together, and use that as the cushioning for the interview. (Please ask any questions in the comment section 🙂 ) On my last interview for the day, my interviewer and I connected so much that we ended up chatting like old friends. We talked about the paintings on her wall, the orphanage she’s very involved with, my mentors, and everything went well!
After the 3 interviews, we went for an amazing lunch at Mccormick and Schmicks. The lunch ended on a high note, and we got to interact with many more staff. I was thrilled about this interviewing process, glad it was over, and hoped for the best. I try not to stress about things I don’t have direct control over (those wrinkle lines can wait baby).
A little over a week later, I’d just finished a group project meeting (don’t we all just LOVE these!! :>) ). Anyways, I got in my car, and listened to my voicemails… I called the HR person back:
HR: Hi Ore! How’re you?
Me: I’m fine, thank you! You?
HR: I’m good, thanks for asking.
My mind: [satakabalahasaderatoh cecicww cwe (literally)]
HR: We would love to have you as one of our summer interns. You have a week to accept, or decline the offer.
My mind: [Control yourself. You’re in demand babyyyy]
Me: Thank you! I don’t need a week, I accept.
HR: (I didn’t hear a thing!!)
I immediately sent a voice note to my family, thanking God, and sharing the good news! I start this internship in 3 weeks; I plan to give you all the 411. Please pray for my success, and feel free to leave advice for me in the comment section.
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