I had my second interview for the web copywriter position today. I was doing fine till I found out that they only called two people for a second interview. Two? Two?!!! As in “me and one other person”?
See, on the one hand, it’s good to know I’m in the top two. On the other hand, if I don’t get it, it’s going to really stink to know I got that close and still didn’t get it.
Plus, here’s my experience from the other side of the hiring table. I’ve been in the position of doing callback interviews several times in my career. Every time the company calls back two candidates for the second round, it’s “the one we really want, and the backup in case we can’t get the one we really want.” Usually there is a possible issue with “Mr or Miss Wanted” that might cause them to decline the offer, and usually it’s one of two things: it doesn’t pay what they expect, or they’re currently employed and possibly fishing for a counter-offer.
Now, let’s just say I haven’t exactly been playing it close to the vest with these people. They know I’d practically pay THEM to work in this job, and that I’m available immediately. So if this case follows the ones I’ve been on the other side of, guess what that makes me?
Hi folks, it’s Miss Congeniality!
Now, I could be totally off-base. It could be a legitimately close race between me and another candidate. Or perhaps its just the ghost of my mom chanting “don’t get your hopes up,” which I think was her personal mantra for life. But I can’t help thinking I’ll get an offer only if the other candidate either shows up drunk to his or her interview tomorrow, or tells them no.