Just a funny interviewing story from a client. We all have to laugh at ourselves sometimes. Thought you’d like it. Have a great day!
– Coach Wolfgang
The office was downtown – that shouldn’t have been a problem! The traffic was terrible. The highway was stop and go. I got off the highway early trying to save time on the feeder roads… bad idea!
Finally got through it. But then the parking!
All the construction took out my usual parking spots. So I had to circle… and circle… and circle. Finally, I parked but a number of blocks away.
At this point, I was on foot. And late! I knew the cross streets, but when it came time to actually find the front door of the office, it wasn’t so easy. My interview is only 30 minutes so showing up even a few minutes late is going to look bad.
I decide that it’s appropriate to jog. The entrance to the office isn’t apparent, and I’m wondering if the address on Google Maps is not the same location as the front door. I’m still jogging up and down the block looking for the door.
Finally, I make it to the front door and enter my name on their iPad in the lobby. Moments later, the Vice President pops out and invites me in. I get a quick tour of the place and see a large break room where almost everyone in the company is gathered. All the developers, executives and other employees are jammed into this room to see the “extra-curricular” coding projects that people had worked on. It was a big event with prizes for best project.
Presenters got on stage in front of this large window that faced the street… the very same window I had just been jogging back and forth in front of!
“Aagghhhh!” was my first thought. How many people are now recognizing me from my light jog? Was the Vice President I’m interviewing with also watching? Oh dear. It was hard to concentrate during this interview.
I think I learned my lesson about preparing my trip and leaving plenty of time.
Learn from my experience, and don’t be late!