Well to explain my absence, I have had a cold that refuses to die. Not debilitating but runny nose, cough, fatigue, normal cold stuff so I haven't been all that active. That plus I finally can stop running around filing application after application and never hearing back from anyone.
I got an interview, finally! Five hundred applications sent out one comes back... After a nice phone interview I got an actual interview, with humans! As it turns out this is looking like a great opportunity and I'll be able to stay here.
This company likes to do it's interviews in stages with four different interviewers in succession. I'm not sure if any of you have run into this but I've found it tends to be a lot better than a single interview as each person has a different perspective on the position being applied for and asks different kinds of questions. As apposed to the normal single interviewer where they ask you tons of questions mostly hypothetical and silly like "If you were an animal what kind would you be?" With them expecting you to have a reason for why you picked what you did. So don't say sloth, poor sloths always getting a bad rap.
Well the first interviewer was the human resource person who talked a little about the company and asked about benefits and other company related things to determine if say their health and dental plan might make me not want the position. Along with how much you'll be paid and what shift you'll work...if hired.
The second interviewer was the floor manager, he was talked about how it is to work the jobs, walked me out through the plant, explaining where things were and what I would be expected to do. The nice guy asks about prior experience and shift preferences. Mostly about how the job actually works, always my best interview.
The third was the plant manager, the hard ass, this guy has seen it all heard it all and has the most actual questions. Transportation, reliability, ability to multi-task, and so on. He was definitely the hardest interview. After being lead out and told they would make a decision and get back to me as the fourth an final interviewer was not at present in the state, I may have to come back for a second interview.
Then the waiting... It always feels like forever when they don't get right back to you. In the end it only took them four hours to make up their mind and by the end of the day they called and made me the offer! So I get to stay and will soon no longer be unemployed. That is pending a thorough background check, and drug test.
The drug test ended up being a drug exam. What I thought was going to be a quick pee in a cup turned into an all day affair. First I needed a hearing test, then a vision test, then a full physical, and ended with a full blood work up. One hour and forty five minutes later I was on my way home.
Then the background check e-mail came, this little thing was only three pages long yet took me almost seven hours to complete... WHY? One might ask. First they needed to know the addresses of the places I have lived for the past TEN years. I've lived here for seven yet before that I lived in three different states bouncing around so I swear I could not remember the address I had when I lived in Pennsylvania. So I had to scrounge through my house looking for old tax papers of bills or letters something that would show the address finally I had to run a credit report to find the old addresses as one of my friends pointed out.
With that found I thought phew I'm home free... Not the case no they needed to know the address and phone number of all the positions I've held over the past ten years! I've had lots of different positions in ten years and there addresses are not all memorized. So then I had to try and do Internet searches for all of those. Finally after all that I was done and my part of the background check is complete.
Now the wait...