Post # 1
So there’s this job…
A while ago my boss did these “update” style meetings with each person in our department. Basically she asked us what we wanted to do with our career, where we saw ourselves going, what kind of training we were interested in, etc. So at that time I told her if there were any positions in benefits I’d like to have a chance to work over there (Benefits, comp, and my dept payroll are all three really close groups and work together frequently).
So today she emailed all of us in Payroll saying an entry level benefits position opened up and to see the job descrip and let her know if we would like to interview. Immediately I emailed her back saying I’d love a chance. My coworker did the same. I feel as though she and I are the main two candidates. But she has a college degree (communications) and I don’t.
I feel I would be really good at this job (I have a customer service background and am great at multitasking) and I REALLY want it. The other chick wants it, but she really just wants to make more money and get herself promoted. She’s applied for several other jobs in the company and has kind of made it known within our group she’s not interested in staying. At least not like me…At any chance I get I’m telling my boss how much I like working for our company and trying to show a positive attitude.
I guess I’m afraid she might get it because she has senority and because she actually has a tad more experience and the college degree. I have the enthusiasm, have made it known I’d love to work in that dept, and I have a strong customer service background (the position requires talking to our company associates and answering some of their benefit questions).
I’m so nervous. I really want it and think I deserve it more than she does. Any advice??
Post # 4
Not sure exactly what type of advice you’re looking for. From reading your post, my main thought is that you should NOT focus on “you vs. the coworker”. It’s only going to stress you out and make you bitter if the coworker is chosen for the position. Focus on how much you would fit perfectly into the position, how much you would bring to the table, and the fact that you love the company/job/position, etc… Sometimes hiring managers look for people who want promotions, have degrees, and have seniority. (They may have standard operating procedures that actually mandate them to look at these things and give them particular weight.) But sometimes hiring managers go for outgoing and bubbly personalities who have a certain enthusiasm for the job. This is out of your control . . . . so make the most of it by being yourself and pepping yourself up. Don’t focus on your co-worker and stress over it. (And definitely don’t compare yourself to your co-worker in front of the hiring manager.)
Post # 5
I agree, don’t focus on the coworker. Even if you don’t think she deserves it, it’s not your place to decide. Give it all you have and hopefully they will weight your enthusiasm heavily in their decision! Good luck with it!
Post # 6
Will you have to go through an interview process for the job? And if so, how does your company interview? If it’s behavioral based questions I would prepare beforehand with thinking of some examples that you could use to answer the questions. If you google it you can find a bunch of examples online of questions that are asked.
If there is no interview or it’s not behavioral based, I would be keeping the positive attitude and working my butt off. Would you be able to go and shadow in the benefits department, too? Not only would you be able to have a first hand look at what you could possibly be doing and make sure it’s what you really want, if you have a “what would you do interview” it could help with your answers.
I wouldn’t stress about your co-worker. Focus more on you and make yourself stand out. Good luck!
Post # 7
Here’s the thing…She told my boss during her “update” that she didn’t want a benefits job. So she was telling me that our boss was confused as to why she wanted to apply and asked her what changed. Another coworker thinks our boss wanted someone to apply and whoever applied would get it. So I kind of think (can you tell im over analyzing the whole thing??) that she may have wanted to give it to me, but she can’t just not open it up to the group…Idk.
I will have to interview. I’m going to concentrate on being positive, telling the benefits manager how excited I am about the position and how I would be a great asset to the team.
Post # 8
Be prepared to answer the following:
-Why are you the best qualified? In your answer to this question, bring up past experience (even in other companies) that either make up for or outweigh a college degree. Sure a communications degree may be a plus, but come on, IMHO, anyone with common sense knows the proper way to communicate in a professional setting. These experiences can be as simple as “my experience in customer service has taught me the importance of adapting my communication style so that it is appropriate for the matter at hand; or: Working in the benefits department requires interacting with different personalities, and I feel that my customer svc experience has prepared me for handling each of those different personalities in the most effective manner.”
-Why do you want this position? Be honest with what you posted above. Stress the importance of growing within a company, company loyalty, desire to expand your skills so that you can better contribute to the success of the company. Maybe even cite an example of starting from the bottom up and working your way to more responsibility. I would even go as far as having either your current manager/supervisor writing a letter of recommendation on your behalf, pointing out your strengths or giving examples of you taking initiative. Even if the letter comes from someone in the same company, at least your interviewing manager has something tangible to refer to rather than just walking up to your manager for a quick 2 min conversation about you. PLUS, you may be surprised- your current boss may see some strengths you don’t realize you have
Lastly, try to avoid general statements like “i’m super excited to become a better asset” Get specific with “I can become a better asset to the company in this position because xxxxxx”
Post # 9
@Okole Maluna: That is awesome advice. Thank you so much!
Post # 10
ahhh, my old HR management skills creep to the surface every chance they get! Feel free to pm me if you want more input