A Suitable Decision

valentinestamen.jpgI haven’t been on a job interview in over a decade, so you would think I would be nervous as I drove up to Alpharetta on Friday for a meet and greet with the recruiter that called me in. But I wasn’t. Not in the slightest.

You see, I didn’t find this job on any of the job sites. I didn’t apply for this job. The recruiter found me and thought I would be a perfect fit for the job, so they set up the appointment with me. The way I looked at it, this was simply their way of getting to know me, and either way it would be beneficial for both parties. They could meet me face to face and I could get someone working in my corner to help me land the next great web developer job.

I was right. The meet and greet interview went great. I met with the recruiter and her account manager and we discussed all of the aspects of the position they were submitting my resume for. They told me a bit about the company I will hopefully be working for, and they made me feel like I had known them for years. I was only there about 45 minutes, but it was the most productive 45 minutes I have spent in a long, long, time.

Gidget saw an ad in the paper while I was at the interview. Belk was having a sale on suits, and since I haven’t had a suit that fit me since I took a trip to Washington, D.C. in 1988, we figured this was a good time to get one. I can use it for any job interviews and eventually if I need it for the new job. We drove down to Belk and checked out their selection. We found a really nice one on sale for $120.00 (just the right price for a tightwad like me), but they didn’t have my size, so we decided to check out the Belk at our local mall instead.

That was the best decision we could have made.

No, we didn’t get the suit from Belk, in fact the sales lady at the Belk at the Arbor Place Mall is the snootiest woman I have seen in a very long time. She approached us, and we asked if one of the suits we were looking at was part of their sale. She giggled and joked with us and told us she would check. Then she never came back. We couldn’t find one in the style I liked from the other store, so we decided to walk the mall and see if we could find a good deal.

Our first (and last) stop was Dillards. They never let me down. Ten years ago I needed dress shirts and pants for a trip to Baltimore and they helped me get the right sizes and even tailored the pants while we waited. This time, we looked at the sportcoats then the suits and I ended up walking out of the store with a suit, shirt, tie, and socks for roughly the same price I was planning to spend at Belk. Haha. The icing on the cake was walking back out to the car, which was just outside the Belk doors.

As we walked out the door, the shoplifting alarm went off and when snooty saleslady approached she realized (by the very nice Dillards garment bag I was carrying) that she had lost another sale. It’s amazing how many sales a bad attitude can cost you. (Note: The shoplifting alarm went off when someone else walked INTO the store. I guess that shows you how “up to speed” Belk is these days).

Sometime tomorrow I will put it all on so Gidge can get some photos. I know several friends on Facebook will faint when they see me in a suit. (PS, I will NOT be wearing the socks though, not until I have too).

I have a lot to do tomorrow, cleaning my desk, organizing, and brushing up on some things related to the potential job. The recruiter is quite confident she will hear from the employer on Monday, so I want to be ready for anything they may throw my way. Anyway, I think it’s time for bed now. Have a great night!

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

– Albert Einstein