Every time I heard about interviews, I would get terrified.In my mind, it was an avenue for an employer to literally tear down a candidate, and see whether he/she was fit for the job. I would be called for interviews and shrink, but would go nevertheless. On the interview day, my heart would be racing like no man’s business.
I had been out of a job for about seven months since graduating, and then an opportunity came my way. There was a communication job opening in Nairobi that needed to be filled. Since my college degree is in communication, I wanted to try it out. I handed in my application letter to one of the bosses I had been introduced to and waited. One would think because I knew the boss, I would get the job, right?
A month later, I got a call inviting me for an interview at their offices. Of course because I was still living at home, I had to travel to the city. From the day I got the call all the way to the day of the interview, I was so nervous. I had butterflies and could not eat as well as my appetite usually is.?
I was to be interviewed at 11am, but ended up being interviewed at 3pm. By the time I got into the interview room, I was so drained. I was asked what my salary expectation was and instead of saying the gross salary expectation, I said net. I was so confused and by the time I left, I was relieved. I didn’t get the job.
Then there was this time I was conned. I remember a friend telling me that she had given out my number to a certain person who was looking for communication executives. A few hours later, I got a call, and was asked to send 1000 bob (I can’t remember what it was for). Because I was so confused and excited at the prospect of getting a job, I did not think, and just sent it. I had even started building castles in my head about how life would be for us *smh*
Then he called and asked me to get more cash, so that he could use it to bribe his boss, and eventually get me the job. I mentioned it to my parents, and my boyfriend C, asking if they had cash to spare (I didn’t tell them the bribe part) they all didn’t, and so I didn’t send.
Then I got a text, followed by a phone call inviting me for an interview. I had to travel, and since I didn’t know where the offices were, C took me there the day before the interview. In the morning, he came and wished me luck and I left for the interview.
I got there and realized that it was all a scam. I felt so bad, that travelling back home this time with C, I barely said a word to him. Looking back, I’m glad none of the people I asked for cash from had it. It would have been a huge loss. Since that day, all the interview invites I have gotten, I always have to check and counter-check, just to ensure they are legit. In this world, there are those who are here to reap where they did not sow.
Then I got called for yet another job interview that was literally meant to tear us, the candidates, down. It was to begin at 9am, and I was interviewed at 4pm. Getting in, the HR sat there intimidatingly, asking questions that I had no idea about. I left knowing that I did not get the job.
Two months after that grueling interview, I however got another interview invite and a job, and another job afterwards.
I had given up on job searching, and was solely focusing on my content creation. I gave it all to God, and just let it be. Through it all,I believe God was teaching me to trust Him, and above all be patient.
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