Mar. 3rd, 2016

bookzombie: (chris)
Firstly, I have now finished at Yell! Monday was a very strange day (with the usual total lack of organisation on the part of my now-ex-boss) so I didn't actually get away until pretty much my usual leaving time. It was quite emotional in some ways (especially when I got a hug from my boss. He is not a hugger normally...I think he's genuinely sorry to see me go!) and I did have a little speech and presentation - a card and a reasonably nice bottle of bubbly (though I did find myself thinking that after 14 years, it didn't look like anyone had emptied their pockets to contribute. Does that make me a bad person?)

I had my face-to-face interview at OUP on Tuesday afternoon and as far as I can tell it went pretty well. I was the last person they were interviewing and they did say that they wanted to make a decision quickly, but it's been a couple of days without hearing anything so now of course my brain is doing the following:

  • Optimistic part: Well, it's been a couple of days and I haven't heard anything, but that's probably good: if they really weren't interested they could have sent a 'thanks but no thanks' note to my agent pretty quickly

  • Pesimistic part: Huh. I bet they've offered the job to someone else and they're not telling us yet in case that person (or persons - it sounded like they have a couple of vacancies) turns it down

  • Sensible part: the person recruiting was really, really busy so it probably means that they just haven't had time to sit down and make a decision yet (but who ever listens to the sensible part, right?)

Assuming the deal was okay, I would probably take the role if offered: they seem a nice bunch and it would be a good opportunity for me to consolidate my skills. But in the meantime, it's playing the waiting game. Have I mentioned how much I hate job hunting?!

It was really weird being back in the building after 17 and a half years. I was surprised how easily my feet found their way (though if I did get the job, I would have to work out what the best park and ride to use would be - the routes have all changed and the one that I used to get now only goes into the city centre and no further), but I have to say Little Clarendon Street feels much longer than it used to! I must be getting old...

On other job news, I got a message from a contact at Xactly corp (who design and install sales commission software) as they have some vacancies coming up that I might be interested in, so I'm expecting a call from them at some point in the next few days.

So things are happening, albeit slowly!

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