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Interviewing for a new position in our dept.

By telecomguy9 ·
Hi everyone. Monday afternoon I'm interviewing for a new job position that has opened up in my department. The interview will include myself, the new director of IT (she's been with us for about 2 weeks) and with the VP over our department. I know they interviewed someone from outside the company last week and they have another one or two interviews of the same kind this coming week.

Our dept. is small (11 people) and everyone in it that I have talked to about this new position feels I have it in the bag. However, I'm not going to take it for granted at all. I honestly feel like it's 50/50 - I could get it or I could be denied. I admittedly don't have the hands-on technical skills that someone else coming from outside the company will likely have. However, I have been working in the dept. for 7 years, my job duties and responsibilities have certainly grown over that time, and I have just finished my Master's degree in the area that this new position covers.

I have no idea what to expect. I don't know if I should expect a difficult interview, an easy interview, behavioral interview questions, "softball" questions, etc. I'm going to prepare for anything. I'm coming here to see if anyone who has been in this kind of situation has any advice for how to proceed, for how to interview in this type of setting, etc.

Any thoughts, experiences and ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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This is a Job Interview treat it as such and you'll be OK

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Interviewing for a new po ...

After all the worst that will happen is you don't get the job you are unlikely to be unemployed if things go badly are you?


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Not unemployed, just demoted maybe...

by telecomguy9 In reply to This is a Job Interview t ...

Well, that's a tough question to answer. Here's the deal. When I first looked at the new job posting I saw one of the job duties that woke me up. It was a one liner that is a big part of my current job - managing and maintaining the company phone system. When I saw that I showed my boss and he was as surprised as I was. Now he honestly feels like they put that in there with the intent that the job would be mine, and that's what others in the dept. have said. But of course I'm not going to look at it that way.

I also mentioned in my original post that the director of IT is new. We all had one-on-one meetings with her during her first week with the company. It was a get to you know you, question/answer type of meeting. She asked if I had a questions or concerns or things I'd like to talk about right off the bat. I told her that I had applied for this new position. Than I told her that a new concern of mine stems from this new position and I explained my dilemma. She assured me I didn't need to worry about my job.

I'm not concerned about losing my job, or being let go. I don't see that as happening. What I am concerned about is being demoted from what I do now to a helpdesk support person, or the job I started out doing 8 years ago when I began working there.

I just don't know what to think in all of this. If I don't get the job/opportunity/position I have no idea what's going to happen or what my life will be like at work. This is all just a little bit annoying and nerve racking. =)

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Here is some food for thought ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Not unemployed, just demo ...

If you pulled out of the interview, you couldn't be interviewed for the job, right?

If you weren't interviewed for the job, you wouldn't run the risk of 'failing' the interview.

If you didn't fail the interview, you wouldn't lose the job.

So where does that leave you? It leaves you sitting in a current job that you seem to think is being interviewed for.

This is altogether rather odd - I suggest you either ratify what this job description actually means, or determine WTF is going on, prior to entering the interview room.

Something odd is afoot, and if you DON'T enter the interview room, you might be better off.

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I see your point, but...

by telecomguy9 In reply to Here is some food for tho ...

I do see your point. Here's a little more background that might be helpful.

Our previous IT director was "the (name our technology) guy". He basically took care of that "technology". When he left, well there went the guy that did all that specific "technology" stuff. We have been without a director, and thus a "technology guy, for the last 7 months. During that time a few issues arose relating to that "technology", which we took care of, and the VP to whom we report saw that we were lacking a valuable resource, or at least someone that knew that "technology" as well as our previous director. Thus, he decided that we needed to hire someone to do that kind of work.

So that's where this all stems from. I have moved slowly over the years into doing that "technology" work bit by bit, but I'm certainly no expert and don't know as much as the director did. However, this position is, for me, the next logical rung on my career ladder, which is why I want to take the step upward.

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