Not Exactly What I Thought Would Happen...

If you asked me what my dream job would be in retail, without question, it would be to become a corporate trainer. I love working in retail, always have. My favorite things are personnel and ops. Selling comes natural to me, but I love sharing my knowledge.

Ed pointed me to a retailer doing interviews locally. I went down to interview and met the management team. I was told that they don't hire people in as managers, that they have to work their way up. Understandable, but not exactly what I wanted to hear. I figured that I'd fill out the online application in house and talk to them. What could it hurt?

While doing that, I got to hear two other women being interviewed. Both were store managers for retailers locally. I heard the old chestnut questions that many companies use: "What is your biggest strength? Greatest weakness? How do you get many things done in a short amount of time?" I was a little surprised, because I find that many companies now use situational interviewing. No biggie, though.

It was my turn. The general manager and I start talking and he asks me where I see myself in five years. I tell him and the next thing I know, I'm not having a very formal interview. We talk casually about a role that is my dream in this business, that of corporate trainer. Seems this retailer needs them for the south and my resume and experience fit in with what they're looking for.

I'm not getting my hopes up, but gosh, if it does pan out, it'd be awesome. The only sucky part is that it will involve considerable travel. What do I do if Ed gets a job that doesn't play nicely with me traveling?

I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. The higher ups that I need to meet with will be in town the end of next week. They require a lot of background checks, so I'm hoping that the recent foreclosure doesn't kill my prospects. If I get the call to meet with these people, I'd say my chances are really good.

Have I paid enough of a karma bill lately to get the interview?

Comments

jennifer h said…
My fingers are crossed, tightly, for you. It sounds like a great job, and I hope it all works out the way you hope. Sending good thoughts.
shannymar said…
I hope you get it! That would be awesome!

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