OT: Where I've been

For those wondering where I ran off to, I've spent the last several weeks preparing to interview for a job over at Microsoft along with trying to do all of my normal work. So it's been a bit hectic and I haven't been able to drop by the forums much. But! It's clearing up now and I should be back more. Just wanted to let you guys know, and say I missed you all! I've got a bunch of outfits and some shopping to share, too :)

EDIT to add more info (taken from below): I had my first interview loop yesterday, and it went well but they told me they want me to interview for a different group that will better fit my skills. So it seems like it will be a bit of a mini saga while we track down the right job and do more interviews (and hopefully I end up hired for something great!).

Interview outfit: black skinny jeans, white button-up, gray cropped blazer, red pumps (!), knotted champagne pearls. I'm definitely going to need help with more interview outfits, I had a hard enough time with this one! Will post it soon I hope :)

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30 Comments

  • replied 8 years ago

    Good luck with your interview and welcome back! You've been missed!

  • Mo replied 8 years ago

    Good luck! Glad to see you back :)

  • Nadya replied 8 years ago

    Good luck! Microsoft interviews do have a reputation, don't they? So many people don't prep for an interview. You're already ahead of a lot of applicants!

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    Ah, we missed you! Good luck!!

  • chewyspaghetti replied 8 years ago

    Good luck!

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks ladies! You guys are a great boost after a long week :D I had my first interview loop yesterday, and it went well but they told me they want me to interview for a different group that will better fit my skills. So it seems like it will be a bit of a mini saga while we track down the right job and do more interviews (and hopefully I end up hired for something great!). I'm definitely going to need help with more interview outfits, I had a hard enough time with this one! Will post it soon I hope :)

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    I was wondering where you were! Did you see that your post about the gathering went in?

    Hang in there! And the best of luck :)

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Angie I did, it was so much fun reading all the comments! Sorry I couldn't get a title to you >< Loved seeing all the photos, too! I may actually refer to it if I get asked to provide any non-technical writing samples 0:)

    And thank you! Their interview process is pretty intense, but it'll be fun to do it again now that I have an idea of how it works (not as scary as I thought it'd be). I must also say that I felt very confident in my outfit, and it's certainly something I'd not have worn pre-YLF, especially to an interview, so a double thank you there: black skinny jeans, white button-up, gray cropped blazer, red pumps (!), knotted champagne pearls.

  • Jonesy replied 8 years ago

    I was wondering where you had gone! This sounds like an exciting opportunity, though grueling. It reminds me of an academic job interview: they usually run two days long, from breakfast to dinner!

  • Heather replied 8 years ago

    Aida, I have missed you so very much!

    I wish you the best of luck on the next series of interviews. :D

  • sarah replied 8 years ago

    Good luck, Aida. Fingers crossed.

  • MNsara replied 8 years ago

    It all sounds very exciting :-) Your interview outfit sounds great and I'm looking forward to eventually seeing it. I hope it all leads to a wonderful job offer!

  • kellygirl replied 8 years ago

    So that's where you've been. I thought you were off on a boat vacation! Good luck on the interview!

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for the warm welcome and wishes ladies <3

    Jonesy - That sounds similar, though academia sounds more grueling (2 days of breakfast to dinner??)! Microsoft interviews are usually 1 full day. At least they bought me lunch ^^

    Kelly - Boat vacation sounds fun! No time for it now though hehe.

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    Just want to wish you good luck with your interview rounds! I am sure you wow them and not just with how you look! :-)

  • MsMary replied 8 years ago

    Wow! This is BIG!! I've missed you like crazy and am very relieved and happy that your absence is for such a positive and exciting reason!! Good luck with the rest of the process!!

  • celia replied 8 years ago

    Good luck, we've been missing you.

  • Janet replied 8 years ago

    I've been scarce too -- family stuff, fundraising for radio station, etc. But I wanted to wish you good luck!

  • Carole replied 8 years ago

    Best of luck to you, Aida. Keep us posted when you can!

  • tarzy replied 8 years ago

    Wow - Microsoft! That's big time. Good luck!

    (I really loved your outfit for the Seattle get-together, by the way.)

  • Scarlet replied 8 years ago

    Good luck with your interviews! Thanks for letting us know. Sometimes I worry when people disappear.

  • Louise replied 8 years ago

    Good luck with the interviews x

  • Aunty replied 8 years ago

    By the cringe you have been busy!!
    Best of luck with the interviews, keep us updated x

  • Patty replied 8 years ago

    Wow BIG stuff Aida!! Congrats on the interview!
    I haven't been on an interview for a hundred years and I'm shocked to hear that it and last days!!!!! What the heck do you do??????????
    The last interview I went on was was loosely: "Hey how ya doing?" 'Good' "You worked on this stuff?" 'Yeah'. "You work with so 'n so?" 'Yeah--he/she's good'. ""K--I'll take you to your desk". But I was still sweating buckets---I can't even begin to image what an all day interview would feel like!!!!! Let alone having to prepare for it!!! I usually just showed up .

  • Vani replied 8 years ago

    Good luck Aida!

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Aida, I meant to post on this earlier. I have a few friends who work at Microsoft and say it's a great place to work. Good luck and glad you're back!

  • O replied 8 years ago

    So that's where you've been! Phew.
    A friend was interviewed for MS some years ago. True, it's a saga, turned out to be worth it. Good luck.

  • taylor replied 8 years ago

    Very best of luck!!

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks everyone, your lovely comments are very appreciated! I've had a hard week/weekend and am feeling down about the whole job thing since I was not offered the one I had gone in for (it was really perfect...), and your sweet comments have cheered me right up. Will continue working hard towards my next interview <3

    Patty - Yeah, their interview process is known for being intense. Had the other candidate not been so much more qualified than me, I'd have had to go in for a SECOND full day of interviewing hehe. As that was my very first interview experience, I think I'll feel more comfortable in any other interview now.

  • LoP replied 8 years ago

    How exciting! Good luck with the interview process and getting the right job for you!

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