When it came down to it, this was the position I wanted the most. It was the last offer to come in and when I got it, including the compensation package, I screamed, “Ohhh, thank you. Thank you! When can I start?” I start in two weeks. No break in-between. A little nervous and jittery, but happy. Very happy! I’ll spend the next couple weeks, winding down, transitioning, training, and also ramping up.
In retrospect, the stats are astounding. I got called to interview with almost every position I submitted my resume to. Ten calls. I filtered it down to four positions. Within a month timeframe of looking, I secured three offers. I don’t consider myself a great interviewer. I truly believe it had more to do with the fact that I expressed desire in the positions. After every interview, I followed up with a thank you email. I prepared a hand-writen card for our CFO and after the interview, I asked his admin to give it to him later. She looked at me, shocked, and said, “You are really good.”
After I had progressed far enough in the process, I told my manager. Not sure if that was the best move because I declined the first two offers, then was extremely nervous about obtaining the final one. Had I not gotten it, I would have been screwed. Egg on my face kind of screwed. That was my one regret. I should have waited for all the offers to come in, evaluated, and made a decision. Then telling my manager should have been the last step. I thought telling them early one would give them time to think of a transition plan and finding a replacement. I was being altruistic in telling them early, but don’t think that was the right move.
Hopefully I won’t have to interview for quite some time. I want to grow my career in this position with my company. It couldn’t have played out any better.