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November has always been a nothing month for me. It’s always been a month where nothing much happens, a month that I could happily skip through to get to the end of the year. However, this year it holds a dearer place in my heart.

I got promoted!

Applying for an internal position is just as nerve-wracking as an external one. I had two interviews: one with my manager and the other with the regional director for Scotland. My manager works with me on a close level so the interview was more of a detailed chat about the role and expectations. The thought of the second interview caused me to lose sleep. Having not interviewed anywhere in three (plus) years made me rusty.

I hadn’t even thought about how to answer questions they might pose or how to portray myself as a passionate and driven individual. I prepared as best as I could and tried to relax before going into the room. I thought hard about the questions I was posed and collected my thoughts before giving coherent answers, expanding where necessary. I came out of the interview unsure about how it went, especially because I knew the reputation of the regional director as being quite tough. Nevertheless over a week passed and due to my manager having a sick daughter I didn’t hear anything about the job.

¬† Last Thursday morning I got an email from my manager (who was in a different office that day) telling me to call her as soon as I could. I automatically panicked. I thought that could only mean bad news. Imagine my relief when she told me I’d gotten the job! I had never felt such a sense of relief! It was like this huge weight lifted off my chest and I could breathe properly for the first time.

Starting in December I will become a team leader. My current team will now have me as their boss. It still feels surreal! As the youngest but longest serving member of my team the promotion came as a surprise to some. I have my reservations about leading a team of seniors but am confident that I will develop skills and grow along the way. Here’s to more happy news and memorable Novembers!

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I have the wondrous pleasure of announcing that I have been offered a job!

After completing a telephone survey last week I was put forward to attend a face-to-face interview and assessment. My interview went very smoothly, surprisingly so, and I felt very at ease and confident in answering questions. The whole session was informal and not at all like I had previously imagined. The written test was straightforward and easy to complete. I left the session feeling satisfied with how I performed, especially for my first interview after university.

After completing my interview and assessments, I had returned home and was busy playing with my niece and nephew. I got a phone call from the company and I was curious because only about an hour had passed since the interview. At the meeting they had told all applicants that they would respond within the working week so the same day phone call was unexpected.

Accepting¬†the job offer over the phone was a feeling I will never forget. I was pacing around when I heard the words, ‘we would like to make you a job offer’. I stopped in my tracks and thought I had heard them wrong. I was so excited and pleased at the same time that my face crafted itself into a huge smile. I accepted it gladly and breathed a huge sigh of relief afterwards.

I feel very blessed for this job opportunity and especially for it coming at this particular time in my life. Though this is a temporary position there is a high chance of my contract being extended, as the company like to work with the same staff over time. I feel it is a great blessing for my first interview to have gone so smoothly, and for me to get this job. I will definitely work hard and do my best in my working life, and in whatever else my future holds. Thank God.

22:30

A little background for those who are new followers to the blog:-

  • I recently finished my undergraduate studies at university and am waiting on my graduation in July.
  • I like to read books of all genres.
  • I enjoy documenting my thoughts.
  • I currently live in Edinburgh, Scotland, but I was born in Leicester down in England.

I feel like I hit a mini milestone today. I had my first telephone interview and am pleased to say that I passed it! My interviewer was friendly and informative, and made me feel at ease during the whole process. I have been put forward to have an official face-to-face interview next week, which is very exciting news. Onwards and upwards!