Expecting the New Year, New Job, New Life – Chapter 2
Chapter 2: Final Interview – October 31
The day of the interview was also the last day of all the interviews.
My schedule for the interview was 9am. I had work until 11pm the previous day.
When I got home the night before (almost midnight), I immediately started making copies of what I needed, like passport (the WHOLE passport, all pages), diplomas, certificates and other documents that needed to be brought. I also edited my CV a little.
By the time I was done, it was already 4am. I needed to be up by 6am and leave by 7am to be there on time. I knew there was still a tech exam so I was a bit worried that I would be really groggy by the time I take it.
I arrived about 30 minutes before my schedule. I got asked if I wanted to take the exam right away even though I just arrived and it was quite early for my appointment but I said it was fine. I was thinking if I started earlier, I could go home earlier.
The tech exam was surprisingly easy, thanks to the reviewer that was loaned to me the day before. Although most of it I knew already, there were a few questions that I would have no idea how to answer if not for the reviewer (I don’t know anything about Lotus Notes).
The language assessment was also a breeze. I was just asked to talk about myself a bit, and 5 minutes later I was endorsed for the final interview. The guy before me did not pass that assessment, however. I did not see him in the queue for the final interview.
In the final interview, I had this (probably) Chinese (-Malaysian) guy. We went through the introduce-myself portion again and what I’ve been doing at my current job. After that, he had this I-can’t-believe-you face on him. “Why are you applying for this job? You’re already Level 3!” he said. He looked through my application form and found that there’s not a big difference from my current pay to what they’re offering. Considering I’m moving to a different country, a lot of people have been telling me that this is not really the greatest option financially.
While I do agree with that, I explained that I am after the opportunity to work in a different country and the chance to gain more experience. While I do love my current job, I feel that I am getting stagnant and there are not a lot of opportunities from it.
I had to bite my tongue to stop myself from saying that what I’m doing is just being a glorified data entry specialist. While I am able to step out without worrying much about the time, or going over my breaks and what not, leaving the office to go shopping or attend to other things like dentist and medical checkups, or working from home, I’m not really quite happy with it. Yes-it’s possible to love your job but not be happy with it.
The interviewer seemed like he didn’t want me to have the post. He kept asking me, “What do you want to do? What do you REALLY want to do? Don’t you want something better?”
To be honest, at that point I wanted to back out. His questions made me question myself. What was I doing there? He pointed out that what I’m doing already is something most people in the same field dream of, but there I was, willing to step down 1-2 levels, just to work outside the country.
Anyway, I wasn’t able to answer his technical questions. But because I am already L3, probably, he passed me.
I submitted the documents that I had and got my schedule to visit the agency for the medical exam. I got home early and napped a bit before going to work.
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