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Interview with a slacker

So, I had a job interview yesterday morning. I think I handled myself quite well, but realised (in the final minute) that they had completely unrealistic ideas of my salary expectations and notice period. In retrospect, this was because I'd reactivated an old job site account and updated my CV on it, but not remembered to update the other page which contained these crucial details. Ooops.

Luckily, the job sounded a bit dubious anyway. It would be looking after a bunch of Access databases that don't always work and that no-one in the company understands, which will all be replaced by a big new IT project (out-sourced to India) that is currently due in a year's time, though it was originally due last month.

Pros:
  • It might be challenging, even interesting.

  • It will probably be entertainingly fucked up.

  • It would put in the position of being office expert, which I like.

  • 25 days holiday (I'm currently on 23) & an annual bonus scheme.

Cons:
  • Despite the interviewer's assurances, I don't rate my chances of having enough interesting work if and when all these databases are replaced.

  • I don't want to specialise in Access (who would?) My current job contains enough Access to claim expertise in it should I wish to, but it also keeps my options open by also maintaining my skills in SQL Server, training, support, and so forth. This new job would limit my CV in a direction that I don't like.

Basically, I quite like my current job, but I think I've learned all I'm likely to and I'm not seeing any appealing prospect of expansion or advancement. Though I don't think that yesterday's job was for me, my reaction to the job-hunting process has reinforced my feeling that a change is in order. I certainly feel very energised by the prospect of something new, and I find myself already planning my leaving speech. It currently starts:

I can honestly say that it's been a genuine pleasure working alongside some of you, perfectly pleasant working with most of you, and a tiresome ordeal dealing with the rest.

Believe it or not, this is an improvement on my first (pithier but less fair) attempt which consisted solely of the following:

I think that my feelings can best be expressed in the timeless words of Dr. Dre:
'Fuck y'all,
All y'all.'

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white_hart
Jul. 22nd, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I once told a group of soon-to-be-ex-colleagues that I knew less than half of them half as well as I'd like and liked less than half of them half as well as they deserved.
oxfordhacker
Jul. 22nd, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
That one keeps popping into my mind as well. Along with:
Look, I'm not much good at big speeches, and I know I haven't always been an easy guy to get on with. And I know that, given the choice, I probably wouldn't have chosen you as friends. But, I just want to say... that over the years... I have come to regard you as... people... I met.
tinyjo
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:45 am (UTC)
Yes, that was what sprang to mind as soon as I read it too :)
vinaigrettegirl
Jul. 22nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the hunt. Don't under-sell yourself.
oxfordhacker
Jul. 22nd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you (and the same to you, of course).

I'm in the blessed position of having a job dull enough that I want to leave, but good enough that I can pick and choose my opportunities. If I can't turn this to my advantage, I don't deserve the opportunity...
vinaigrettegirl
Jul. 23rd, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
The only farewell speech I really do wish I had made was the one in which I took our joint former employer to an employment tribunal. Other than that, getting the right next job is the one true Grail deserving of energy...

I'm sure you have more in you than mere Access-wrangling!
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