As a fresh graduate, I never knew my true worth in the job market. I thought that I would be lucky to get a job, any job. I know that I haven’t been the best student to graduate from college but, come on, at least I graduated with a decent degree and some knowledge that I thought would do me well.
What I didn’t know was that people in the real world aren’t giving out jobs like lollipops, it is a gruesome process to get employed.
So when I got a call for an interview just a few weeks after graduating and applying to every single company I know including google, I was stunned. Happy, but stunned. I knew that many people didn’t get a call EVER.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am 21 years old, somewhat serious given that some kids my age grew up with the Xbox, WII, and playstation, and I have been trying to grow out my pink hair for the past few months. I am aiming to cut off the last few inches next month if my calculations serve me right and I’ll be a normal blonde.
Like all kids preparing for an interview, I got my friend over and started going through my closet looking for something decent enough to pass as work clothes. You see, I really just graduated and don’t have the money to splurge on a suit. So I ended up wearing a short black dress with a red blazer on top. I put my hair up in a ponytail, put on my black choker for luck, and was ready to go.
I was nervous as hell! I walked into the office and was ushered to a long corridor with chairs. I could see that there were three other kids there waiting for their turns and gave the one closest to me a smile. He smiled back barely. I could see that he was wearing a suit and started questioning my choice of clothes. I looked over to the other girl in the row and saw she was wearing a suit too. It’s not that I looked unprofessional, it’s just that I looked less professional. Plus, the company is going to give us all a chance based on our qualifications, right?
My heart started racing as I nodded and stood up. The guy who went out of the room was smiling I felt my heart plummet thinking that they’ll choose him over me and it’s a waste of time going in. I walked in the room. It was a big room with an elder man sitting on one side. He looked up and I could have sworn that he cringed. I wasn’t sure what was the deal but he just added on to my nervousness.
Have a seat, Amy. He said
I did as I was told.
- How old are you
- 21 years old
- Why do you think we should employ you?
- because I feel like I would be able to give so much to the organization
- Do you know anything about the organization?
- Yes, I read about the latest development of…
- Yes it was in the news, everyone heard about it. What about your skills? Are you able to work long hours?
- I am willing to work all day if needed
- Yes yes, that’s what they all say. What about when you get married and get pregnant, do you think you will be able to work?
- umm, I haven’t thought that far, sir. You see, I just graduated a few weeks ago…
- do you have someone you are in a relationship with? Wait, scratch that I’m not supposed to ask this. But you can tell me if you want (he looks at me like he was pushing me to answer)
- No I am currently single and want to focus on my work
- So you’d be free to work extra hours for the next, let’s say, two or three years. Any other special talents you have up your sleeves?
- I am fluent in French.
- Is that right? Well, now we’re talking. How long have you studied it?
- Around 12 years
- Impressive. Anything else you want to add? Any questions?
- Just one, and I ask you because this is my first interview, sir. How did I do?
- He sneered, chuckled, and look up at me. Not well enough.