this time five years ago…

going back roughly five years ago and noted here last year i had an mgmt interview at a neighborhood movie house. as indicated it never occurred to me that i’d never get it. when you think about it the owner i spoke to back then was a bit all over the place.

i was super confident thanks to anthony who was also in the process. he got further than i did and still walked away without a job because the owner had some issues that cost her a portion of her business. since he has a head for drama he found out through his intelligence that the owner wasn’t running tight ship and drove her subordinates crazy.

i said at one point that i really needed this one as this would’ve been one immediate escape from the show as my position seemed to be deteriorating there. this was true due to a variety of somewhat self-created calamities. regardless for this reason and others this was the greatest disappointment i ever experienced. this was one i believed was in the bag until she just came up with the excuse of candidates with significant management experience. it was quite awhile and certainly even after other things came out in the press that i got over it.

i was hyped up by my experience at a downtown movie theater even though i never moved up to as much as a supervisor. i had some experience at least operationally but i was untested. of course i missed out on other things that probably would make me an even better candidate. somehow i got an interview – perhaps with the intervention of the talkative anthony – and no job offer. as it turns out the first of many over two years that resulted in no job offer.

anthony of course wound up not getting the job for himself. while he went forward for the position of general manager…and that’s another thing the posting to her company’s social media never specified the level of managers they needed. the posting only asked for experienced managers. for all i knew she was looking for middle managers in addition to general managers if you will.

anyway he was getting frustrated with a lack of responsiveness thanks to his need to follow up. thanks to the news he quickly found out why she wasn’t in a rush to get back into touch with him. unfortunately what need is there to hire new managers when the business you had was effectively cut in half?

even worse when i sent in my resume to that company she seemed to have pushed the deadline to interview further back. that is she certainly kept me and others waiting until she was ready to interview. still she kept anthony waiting to give him an up or down vote.

well of course with all this in mind i was still there at “the show” for two years, but this was an experience i learned from. never believe the hype and never be surprised when you don’t get the job. always come prepared for an interview – hadn’t brought any resumes with me expecting she’s have my information right in front of her. much later another takeaway was that i certainly showed my inexperience as far as becoming a manager never having that experience.

another takeaway for certain. perhaps  i wasn’t ready for this job and with that in mind if possible never look to another job to escape the one you already have. when you think about after almost two years of looking while at “the show” every interview was a potential escape and ultimately i escaped to a job that proved not to be a very good fit.

incidentally i’ve had other opportunities to interview at least for a theater manager at a national chain – whom i eventually worked for on the lower rungs of the ladder – and of course i interviewed to be a supervisor at a “Fresh foods” store. and at this point i’m largely still growing to the point where it’s possible that i can grow into such a role at the right time and hopefully with the right people.

perhaps this wasn’t a bad experience afterall. also later in wrapping up the storyline involving the show, i would like to explore why yours truly was never promoted at “the show”.

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