It’s interview day.
The call came yesterday morning while Traci and I were down the hall watching television and mapping out our day. I knew it was coming eventually, and it just happened to fall on an idle Tuesday that was my off day. My store rang and let me know that they wanted to set up an interview for the Supervisor position that I’d applied for, and that they wanted to set it for today at 1:30pm. Turns out, I was all in on the idea.
I’ve had a total of 6 interviews so far for other Supervisor spots within Best Buy, and they’ve all carried with them the same results. “Sorry, but we went with someone else.” I hate those words, and even more so when I’m an applicant for a position. I hate it more when I measure my ability versus another’s and find that I’m more qualified for a position, and yet still get passed over. The other times, I was still a young pup in the world that is retail, but my managerial experience in my other positions and the successes that I had while in those positions would lend one to believe that I’m certainly a good fit for a company. Or so I would think. But when someone else has been applying for a position longer than I have, I suppose that somehow takes precedence.
This spot is different. This spot is in a department that I was in and crushed in sales production for more than a year. It’s a spot that I have a reputation, and it’s a darn good one. I have the respect of everyone of the people in that department and I actively train them already from the department that I’m currently in. I’m still the “go-to” guy when it comes to answering the tough questions, and that won’t change. The only question that remains, is can I lead this department, and I know that the answer to that question is “absolutely yes.”
In thinking about what other employees would be applying for the post, I can’t foresee anyone that has been there longer this time, or has the knowledge base within the department that I have, or has the resume to support the transition to leadership quite like I do. I don’t know anyone else that would be in a better position to assume the role, and I have to believe that I’m the odds on favorite for the spot, which means that the rest is up to me. I just have to go in today and provide a killer interview, and put all of these facts on the table. I think that anyone would be foolish to hire anyone other than myself, and I just need to sell that to the interviewer. I’m confident that I will.
I won’t lie. This will be a tremendous let down if I’m passed over yet again for the job. I don’t care if it’s “we’re making an exception for this person because ______” I’m going to be hurt. That puts added pressure on this post for me, but the reality is, it is my time. I believe it. That’ll make it much easier to sell it.
Enough preaching for now. I’m going to print out my resume and get prepared. It’s interview time, and I’m making this one count.