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Sons and Daughters

Reasons for this decision including comments or factors which had a bearing on this decision: Kathy was a good candidate for this position. She was effective and impressive in her interview, offering good examples of her strengths and abilities to handle specific situations as discussed. It is no question Kathy is and will continue to be a great asset to {Company}. She seems to be a very detail-oriented, results-oriented employee, focused on completing the task or achieving the desired outcome as defined. Kathy seems to have the ability to deal with intense and time-sensitive situations in order to complete the task on time, working as needed with her co-workers as part of the department team. Kathy seems to offer great creativy in her work, looking for ways to be more effective or efficient with a task or program. Two of her self-defined skills and evident in her application are writing and research; she seems to be quite proficient in these areas, and I would encourage her to continue to pursue her next position within {Company} where these talents may be of most benefit. While Kathy has many great skills and abilities that will be transferable to other positions, she wasn't as strong in some areas pertinent to this position: knowledge of {Company} systems and processes used in this postion, planning, use of Excel and PowerPoint, ability to juggle multiple projects.

Interview Evaluation [Scale: Unacceptable | Below Average | Average | Above Average | Excellent ]
Professional Appearance: Above Average
Attitude/Enthusiasm: Above Average
Interview Preparation: Average
Overall Comparison to Other Candidates: Average

So really, it boils down to what always happens to me: Best read. Doesn't look part.

(But I can see that the interviewer DOES need a proofreader... no wonder she looked so interested when I said I was a great one.)


sillymagpie was right; lack of experience in the area. Of course, how does one GET experience unless one gets into the entry-level position? *is puzzled*


Today I went to a Toastmasters meeting and will probably join. Public speaking is one of my weaknesses. Can't hurt, anyway. And it was fun. However, one of my workmates looked at me and asked if I was feeling all right, that I didn't look right (she has a very pronounced Indian accent, and sometimes it's hard to understand her). I said I was fine. About an hour later I started feeling all scratchy-throated and lightheaded. I'm hoping it's just lack of sleep from last night, when Cuervo decided he HAD to sing outside the bedroom door all night. I try to explain to him and Silhouette that if they'd just make sure Cairo didn't get on the bureaus all night and knock things off, then all of them could stay in the bedroom with us at night, but they never do it.

Now I'm making Macaroni & Cheese, although there's so much meat in it it's hardly really just Mac & Cheese. I ground up a leftover pork chop and the last of the leftover roast to mix in with it. Unfortunately the mozzarella had gone off, so it's all just cheddar and Irish cheese rather than a cheddar/mozzarella blend. I came all over with the desire for Mac & Cheese at lunch today, when one of my co-workers was eating some.

{break for dinner, NCIS, and LOST}

Mac & Cheese came out well, indeed. NCIS, good as always, and I have to say this season of LOST has been pretty awesome. Sometimes you just gotta look death in the face and say, 'Whatever, dude.' On television, I was earlier today pondering the great horror of having to wait until April 23 to find out what happens on Heroes - but it's only three weeks until Season 3 of Doctor Who starts! Squeee!


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Mar. 21st, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
The way I look at it, you did pretty darn good and two of the weaker points are something you can work on (Excel and Powerpoint, they're not too hard)

And I liked NCIS as well Though i'm still hoping for the painful death of Tony's girlfriend
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Exactly so. The painful thing is, I know how to work both programs - I'm just not everyday familiar with them right now. That's something that would have to come with practice, which I don't get in my current position.

I don't really object to Tony's girlfriend.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
yeah i can't do a lot of teh fancy stuff with either of them because i don't normally have to

She annoys me but then again I'm strange in crime dramas i do NOT like to have all the character drama too. I think that's why i like Law and Order so much. They don't get into it
Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
I watch for characters. That's the only reason I got interested in NCIS in the first place - Donald Bellisario always creates people I want to know better.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
and i do like most of the characters...well, you know that's not true. I like McGee, Ducky and Abby. The rest I don't really much care about so that could be another reason I'm not a giant fan of Tony's girl.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
And I like the whole cast. Bellario has a great way with ensembles.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
yes he does
Mar. 21st, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I think your summary is probably on the mark.

The "experience with systems in {COMPANY} relevant to the position" probably means that there either: a) there was another internal candidate from a completely different department that uses/maintains one of the systems in question who wants to make a radical career change, b) there was an outside candidate/they hoped for an outside candidate who was overqualified for the position and for whatever reason was willing to take a demotion/pay cut. In other words, they weren't hoping for an actual entry-level candidate to fill the entry-level job.
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
That's probably true. A friend of mine in Public Affairs said this was the third time the job had been posted, which means they were going through a LOT of people. The person doing the hiring is probably exceptionally picky about what exactly she wants.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
How utterly frustrating. They won't let you get experience because you don't already have experience? Gah! And how did you see Lost last night?
Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Very frustrating, indeed. But read the comment from genebreashers; I think he hit the nail on the head.

It was last week's episode; we've been recording them since they moved it to the late hour and watching them later in the week. :-) I've REALLY been enjoying the hell out of this season!!!

Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
That does make a lot of sense. But still...grrrr.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
At least I know I need to practice on Excell and PowerPoint, so if something like this comes up again...
Mar. 26th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
Even though you didn't get the position, the evaluation was great. Your interviewing skills are obviously very good.

Let me know how Toastmasters goes and if it's at all fun.
Mar. 26th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :-)

It seems fun. At least my company pays for the dues (we just have to add a nominal portion); and it does seem to be a good way to meet folks/learn to talk in public. I think I finally figured if Hema could do it (with her very pronounced accent), then I could certainly do it. Memorizing speeches isn't much unlike acting.

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