what do i do?

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I am in a quandry.

This past week and a half, I have been busy with tests and interviews. Today it bore fruit. I got a job offer and I have until Tuesday to decide if I will take it. I've been thinking since I got the contract and all I could think of were the cons.

I originally applied for an HR position at a call center in Makati. I won't tell which one because if I do sign the contract, I'd be bound by the confidentiality agreement. Hehehe! I'm kidding. Telling which company I applied for isn't part of the agreement, I just didn't want to divulge the company.

I had my test last Friday and I initially thought I wouldn't get a call for an interview. The first test was all right because it was similar to all the other tests I took when applying for a job. The second test stumped me. It was very technical and to be honest, I just guessed most of my answers. The third test was about Networking. I think I fared better on that test than the second one, but I still had a hard time.

I was also surprised that they administered that test, which I thought was more suited for people applying for Technical Support, for someone applying for an HR position.

At the end of the exam, I was one of the first persons called for a brief interview and a diction test. Again, I thought, why would I need a diction test, if I was applying for an HR position? I voiced out my question to the interviewer and she said that people applying for HR positions need to be Customer Service Agents first, so they'd know the whole process. Nyek! Ganun? Magsi-CSA muna ako for 6 months, pos saka pa lang ako mag-tetest uli para maging Recruitment Specialist? I thought about not pursuing it, but I thought, "sayang naman yung pinunta ko dito" and the day was already half-way done.

I was called for another interview. After which I was given a Simulation Test. That was quite a shock and frankly, nerve-wracking, because I didn't know until I was called in that it would be a Simulation Test.

I was given 12 minutes to study the guide and then the interviewer (simulator? :p), who bears a striking resemblance to Jay McCarroll of Project Runway (and amazingly sounds like him, too), would call me on the phone and pretend to be a customer. From there he'd be able to gauge how fast I could react to certain situations. After the simulation, he asked me how I think I fared. I told him I thought I sucked because I got nervous, there were quite a lot of lags in the conversation and I forgot the most important thing: get the name and billing address of the client. Hahahaha!

Again, I was surprised when he said that I did pretty good, in spite of not having any training. Wow. Hehehe! Then he told me I passed, but he couldn't give me a job offer yet because they didn't have an opening yet. WHAT?!! I was there two whole days and then he'd tell me that there were no openings? Son of a #@$%^! Even if I wanted to wring his neck, I had to keep my cool (at least on the outside) and smile when he said he'd put me on the top of the list, so when they're given the go signal to hire, I'd be one of the first.

I got a call Friday afternoon at around 5:30pm, telling me that I have a scheduled interview with the Operations Manager, for 8:30 am, the next day.

That was this morning. I didn't have to wait long because I was called at exactly 8:30am. I was done by 9 am and was told to go back at 2pm for a formal job offer.

Fast forward to 2pm and I was given the contracts (yep, with an S). I was told that I'd start training on May 29. I asked if I could take some time to go over the contracts and think about accepting the job offer.

I was given until Tuesday to think things over.

I'm honestly having second thoughts about the job offer. Sure, the salary and benefits package is good, but I'd have to work in Libis (which is very far from where I live - as in magkabilang dulo ng Metro Manila), because the account is based there. I thought I'd be given a Makati-based account because after all, I applied in Makati. Di pala ganun yun.

Am I ready for my body clock to get whacked? I think I am, but there's a big difference with thinking I am and actually doing so.

Another thing that bugs me is I have to stay in the company for the whole probationary period. If not, I am obliged to pay a certain amount as stated in the contract, which covers the cost of the training I got. Yikes! What if something better comes along? Or I decide that it's really not for me? I can't leave.

I also have to talk to the President of mom's company about my appointment there. I can't work there yet because the person I'm supposed to take over still hasn't left (and I am doubting if she ever will!). I have to talk with Mr. P. to find out if they're still hiring me. My acceptance of the abovementioned job offer will depend on his answer.

To be honest, I'd prefer working at mom's company. I like the people there and I've known them most of my life. There'd be little or no adjustment period. But I don't think I can wait a few more months, until the position opens up.

Sayang din yung isang job offer diba, if I let it go?

Hay... I don't know what to do.

Tulog na muna ako. :p


Anonymous said...

naku mare that is a difficult decision....so what is that decision na? tuesday na e!

good luck mare, whatever path you decide to take!!!


Jennie S said...

thanks, mare. i decided not to take the job offer, lugi ako sa provisions nung bond eh.