I had a phone interview yesterday afternoon that went very well, and now I have a second, in-person interview on Tuesday. I've got a few reservations about the job, and I'm also looking for interview tips tailored to the position itself. I'm going to go into as much detail as possible, while leaving out specifics that might pop up on Google or something to identify the company.
First off, it's a recruiter position for a rather large, international staffing firm. There is a base salary, commission, full benefits, 401K, etc.
For reference, I have a university and college education (4 year degree + 2 year advanced diploma). My current job is serving at a restaurant, because my initial plan of working in journalism just isn't panning out. Despite substantial volunteer and paid internshipping, there just aren't jobs in print. While my current job is not glamorous, it pays my mortgage and gives me a lot of free time. I work maybe
20 hours a week for roughly $650 after taxes. This isn't steady, however, and there are times during the year where that number goes way down, including now. I also don't really enjoy it, and I don't get a lot of time to spend with my wife, friends, etc. I'm always working weekends, and that's usually the only time my wife/friends have to do anything. I'm off Monday and Tuesday, but my wife/friends are tired from working all day and then in bed early. I'd like a M-F day job.
So, about the possible new job:
- Base salary isn't fantastic, but you gotta start somewhere
- Office is 45 minutes away without traffic--easily double with
- I'd be working Monday to Friday, for over 10 hours a day
- Possibility of working extra hours for fairs, meetings, etc.
- Room to grow. The interviewer gave me the job posting of the next position I could apply to after some experience in this one, and it seems great.
- Steady schedule, compared to my current job
- Base salary + commission could
mean some serious income
- From what I understand of the position, I'd enjoy it far more than what I'm currently doing.
- Benefits! My wife could get us benefits, but not until she is full contract, and there is no telling when that is going to happen.
I'm really excited for this job, but part of me hesitates because of the hours and the commute. It would be a huge lifestyle change, waking up at 5 AM, getting home around 7 PM. I would keep the serving job on weekends for the time being, until it proved too taxing. I've also got this feeling in my gut that this is too good to be true. After striking out for years applying to jobs, this one seemed almost too easy. Whenever I see "commission," bells go off in my head. It's not a sure thing by any means, but the phone interview seemed almost geared toward selling me
the job. It was actually a surprise, as I was told to just give this person a call by a family friend, and I was interviewed on the phone right then, unprepared. The only other times that has happened was when it was for some scam-type job (Vector marketing, etc.) The interviewer kept bringing up the dreaded "SALES" word, and indeed that's what the job listing said as well. Is that just in reference to "selling" positions to clients, or could there be a hidden aspect to this job where I'm actually cold-calling and selling a product all day?
I've also got a feeling of comfortability that I'm trying to overcome. After so many years, I've fallen into my current lifestyle, as much as I don't really enjoy it. It's very easy for me to just say, "what I'm doing now is working." This whole post now feels like a list of excuses why I shouldn't take the job, if offered. I do definitely want to get out of my current job and into something with upward mobility potential--if not in the same company at least elsewhere using that experience.
Anyway, does anyone have any experience to relate about working as a recruiter? Is there anything I need to be wary about with these types of companies? Fine print that could burn me?
Secondly, what sort of things should I prepare for in the interview? I know all the cliche basics, and the phone interview very much followed that vein. I'll be refining my answers there, because I could see Tuesday's interview just being an in-person version of yesterday's. But what sort of things should I prepare for that would WOW these people?