March 29, 2011 by Leah
I didn’t get the hotel job. BUT, I got a very nice email from the person who interviewed me, today (three business days after our in-person chat), explaining that while she was so pleased to meet with me among the more than 200 applicants for the position, they are pursuing another candidate whose qualifications more closely match their needs. This was unique among my experiences in California. The last job I interviewed for strung me along for one phone interview and two in-person interviews and then never contacted me again.
Of course, now I’m wondering: is that really the case? Am I overqualified? Was $15 an hour too much to ask for? Is it my six-year-old misdemeanor reckless driving conviction? (Surely that can’t be it, since it happened when I was very young, and I’d expect they would be looking more for things like fraud or embezzlement. I am not applying for jobs as a trucker, after all – I hate driving, for one thing.) Has one of my references turned against me?
Aaron wondered today if we shouldn’t run our own background check on me. He cited the stolen credit card last summer and my random mail from the AARP as possibly pointing towards identity theft and a false criminal record. (He’s such a good husband – always in my corner.)
Or, maybe, people just don’t like me.
I feel like it was a huge mistake to get my hopes up.