As luck would have it right now, I'm in consideration for not one but two new jobs, each in a different area of the country. And as part of the process, both have subjected me to multiple telephone interviews with panels of managers where anywhere from three to six faceless individuals take turns asking some very complex questions--everything from: "How do you see yourself earning the respect of our existing management team?" to "Tell us about a significant mistake you've made in your life and what did you learn from it?" And then of course there is always time left for YOU to ask questions, and you'd better have some smart ones in your pocket that show that you've done your homework and care about the position.
45 minutes each. Been through three now in two weeks, which in one reason why I haven't been terribly active here. Much of my free time has been spent researching not only the specific workplaces but the surrounding areas and even the people that I've known in advance would be interviewing me. But in the end, it all boils down to those 45-minute calls, where the pressure to sound calm and confident and have all of the answers is "enhanced" by the repeated "call waiting" beeps as other people who don't know that you're on these most important calls keep trying to get a hold of you while two dogs act the fool out on the deck in the background.
I want these jobs. I want one much more than the other, but I want both. If I get either one, I get to move, and that'll be more stress and fun...and stress. But it'll be worth it.
The one that I just got off the phone with was the one that I *really* want. I think it went well, but then again, I wasn't doing the interview and I don't know who else they interviewed, how well those went, or if they already have a person picked out and are just going through the required motions. They say that they'll make their final selection by mid-January.
Wish me well, please. And pray for me, because if I get either one, it means a cross-country trip in a moving van with two of the world's most annoying German Shepherds riding shotgun.