Hi all! I am SO excited that I have an in person interview for a job that could be a fantastic fit for me. I had a phone interview today and did well enough that she wants to meet me, yay! Of course, after I hung up I thought of all the things I could have/should have said, lol. At least I'll get a chance, which is a nice benefit of the multi-interview process.
Anyway, I got my BS in Public Admin in 2008 and starting wohm full time in 2009. My jobs have been with the government and fairly short term, a bit over a year with the State Workforce Services, then I went to Federal employment and have worked at two different agencies, again, a bit over a year each. There was a chunk of time, 2000-2009, where I was mainly a sahm but did have a part time job as a Literacy Program Coodrinator and I also did professional foster parenting.
So, this job is a program coordinator for a non profit that provides counseling to children who have lost a parent. They also provide support groups for the families of the children. I was able to write a good enough cover letter to show that I've had the needed experience in working with children, the outreach/public affairs (did a ton while working for the State), I created and taught workshops, did lots of public speaking and presentations, etc. I've had course work in Child Development/Psychology as well as all the hands on experience with fostering. I think I relayed that fairly well in the phone interview.
Anyway, one of the questions she had was why my jobs were short, and I was honest (I'm just starting my career, there were stability issues with the State, etc). I told her that the real reason I am looking for a job, when I have a good job and great benefits, is that I want to be in my local community, and that I have absolutely no passion for my job (healthcare admin). I want a job where I am making more of a "hands on" difference in my own backyard, and one that is multi-faceted and will grow and change, which this job will do.
I am SO darn nervous because this job would be such a good fit, and I could finally stop commuting (one hour each way). It's exactly what I want to be doing; helping children and families, community outreach, fundraising, etc. I love all of that and I'm good at it! I am not so good at interviews. In fact, it has take a lot of bad interviews to get me competent, lol. And I'm used to government interviews, which for me have been totally different than this interview today. So advice, tips, energy?