Don’t get your hopes up. Doooooon’t get your hopes up.

I had an impromptu phone call with an Engineering firm this morning.

My phone rang at precisely 8:30 am. (After the call I googled the company to see their office hours and they’re 8:30 – 4:30) The first thing the hiring manager did when she started work this morning was call me.

Yeah, I was the first call.

Okay, that’s an assumption, but I’m sticking with it because I need a win.

I spoke to the Hiring Manager on the phone for 14 minutes. She ended the call by saying that she was conducting pre-interviews by phone all next week and that they were shortlisting and notifying candidates next Friday, March 6. She said ‘If you don’t here from me March 6th then you won’t here from me’.

I don’t put much value in deadlines people give me, that being said I did appreciate her frank and straight-forward language.

I hung up and went about my day.

A couple hours later I was at the Cancer Clinic with my mom and they called again. You’re not actually allowed to use your phone in the cancer clinic, so I had to ignore it.

As we were leaving the cancer clinic I noticed that I had an email from the firm. The email, time stamped just four minutes after I didn’t answer their phone call, was from the hiring manager. Her email said

Hello Vee,

I had a conversation with our Director of Marketing about you and we would like to interview you next week. Are you available on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday?

We are still conducting phone interviews next week, but our Director of Marketing was impressed with your resume and during our conversation about you she expressed that she would like to meet with you sooner.

Naturally, I wrote them back. We had a conversation via email and now I have an interview on March 4th.

I’m not going to get my hopes up, because there’s no point in that. But, I am counting it as win that I was shortlisted before the phone interviews were even finished being conducted.

I’m counting it as a win.

I’m not getting my hopes up, though. I promised myself that I am not getting my hopes up.

79 thoughts on “Don’t get your hopes up. Doooooon’t get your hopes up.

  1. My hopes are up! I have an in person interview next week, too, and it is the same kind of thing. I knew 16 people applied through Linked In, so they had to have more than that. Made it through the screening interview, and then with the phone interview with the manager she told me she wanted me to come for in person interviews. She implied only 3-4 people would be chosen so I am excited. It’s either next Tuesday or Friday.

    It’s time for both of us, I hope! Best wishes. Knock it out of the park!

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  2. Here’s a weird thing I do when I want something. I think of someone, who, let’s say, gets under my skin, and I try wanting whatever it is for them more than me. It helps to take the focus off me and getting my hopes up. Weird but it works

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      1. Yes!!! That’s a great mindset. It’s all about positivity my friend. It’s exciting.
        As someone who surfs the waves of disappoints and overcoming CPTSD, I reserve some hesitation in regards to waiting for something unpleasant to happen. I’m slowly releasing that fear😉

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  3. Hey, all you can do is go in with that confidence, see what happens. In my experience, getting past that phone interview is the hardest part, but it probably depends on the individual. I prefer them over the more traditional workplace interviews, which I usually find daunting, thinking my wording, body language, and even where I’m looking is being scrutinized. That’s my anxiety playing up. But, good luck, go in confident.

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    1. Confidence isn’t something I lack. I think it’s just hard with phone interviews because you don’t get to know what they think of you. In person you can judge their body language. Over the phone, they might hate me and be fake laughing and I’d never know!

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      1. Well, there’s that. It can feel impersonal on phone interviews, for the reasons you mention. They will also be looking at your body language etc as well in person. If there’s two of them, one of them might be just there to watch how you carry youself, your use of language, pauses, eye contact etc. I can get too self-conscious when I feel this is happening. But you may be able to handle it better, all the best regardless!

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