So today is a Friday like no other. I have had a roller coaster day.
It started off very promisingly but waned along the way….
I had an interview to attend. Supposedly the first step into the rest of what has become my new life. I was previously a kept man you see. I had everything being done for me. I did not even need to lift a finger. Money was not an object.
Well, that was then… this is now and… the story has changed.
A simple disagreement led to a disaster and now I was left to fend for myself. I know what you might think.
You will say, is that even a problem?
Well I say it is my problem and a big one at that!
I had forgotten how to earn money, pay my own way. I had actually forgotten what it was like to be broke!
So that was why I was excited when I got a call from this agency yesterday asking if I could do a job for a reputable company. There was a sense of urgency in the guy’s voice because they wanted someone that could start ASAP and yours truly here- moi was available. We went through all the usual agency-agencee pleasantries.
What was your last role? What are you looking for in your next role? Do you think that you can do this role?
Those sorts of questions. After surpressing my irritation at these barraging (because don’t forget, I told you that he was the one who called my phone), he decided to put me forward for the role.
Come to my office to fill out the formality forms and I will secure you an interview tomorrow, He said. Which by the way is today.
So I head up there, fill forms, chit chat, get a time slot for the interview, get the venue details and then waltz off.
We’ll not until ring ring, my phone goes off.
Hello I say
Hiya, is this Azuka Mordi? She asks
Yeah, you ok? I say
I’m good thanks. She says
Who’s this? I say still waiting for an intro that did not seem forthcoming!
Oh sorry, you came to our office earlier today to fill out forms. She says
Luckily for her, that was my only interesting outing and it was not difficult to remember.
I have some good news Azuka, She says
We have secured an interview for you for tomorrow (Which is today. we had this conversation yesterday …don’t forget)
Errrmmm like seriously? Was securing me an interview even in dispute? Don’t worry I did not actually say that. Those were just my thoughts screaming loudly. What I heard myself saying was
Oh, that! ok? What time and where?
She fills me in with the details as if I did not know or as if it was ever in doubt!
So we will send you an email confirmation of all the details. Let us know how you go tomorrow. We are really committed to matching your skills to a job. she says
Ok thanks, bye. I say bye
bye she says.
I hang up feeling like that was so weird! seriously.
So tomorrow arrives, which is today where I am standing right now and I feel ready for the interview.
Mind you, I spent half the night awake practicing all my competencies, scenarios, skills etc for the interview. I then took my time to go through the email that the agent sent me the day before. Suddenly, I felt that spring arrive in my step.
This would be a good day. I thought.
I would smash this interview and secure the role of my dreams. The agency did say it was temporary but that the firm always kept their candidates on. So nothing to worry about there.
I arrived the interview venue 15mins early, good interview ethics in place. I smiled at everyone. I had all my learnt scripts to heart and was waiting to spill them all out. My goal? To mesmerise the interviewers of course! I aim to please.
Come 11.00, interview began.
Tell us your skills, tell us a time when xyz happened. How do you handle pressure bla bla bla.
You know the usual interview stuff. I had done my research well. I was jabbering away. Good eye contact, good communication, good rapporting. They were smiling, they said they were happy with the spill I gave. Job done!
We are happy to offer you this 6 week role!
6 miserable weeks? You mean that all this spill and not sleeping my beauty sleep and I forgot to add, spending the last hour vomiting those first class answers was for only a 6 week role???
I did not say that to them though what do you take me for?
Composure in tact, smile on point
Oh thanks for the opportunity I say
I shall make the best of it and who knows with my dedication and hardworking, you may change your mind.
We all laugh.
Then she says just as we shake hands
It will last only 10 weeks. That’s the service level that we need to cover. I hope this will be ok?
Oh yes that’s fine I say. Still smiling.
She walks me politely out of the office into the lobby where we fill some forms and I take a few ID card photos. In the end I say goodbye, promising to commence on the start date.
My face is tearing from the smiles. As soon as I leave the building, I turn the smile upside down into a frown.
I am so angry.
10 weeks? I for no just bother myself to day learn script na? I for just do am anyhow anyhow.
As if that is not enough as I walk on outside the path that leads to the bus stop guess what happens next? It starts to rain
I am soaked to my socks before I even get to the bus stop. Next thing I know, I enter this leaking bus and can’t seem to find a dry seat to place my bottom. In the end, I settle for the edge of the seat and pull out my phone. Facebook it is then! That will cheer me up. me thinks!
Then lo an behold, I read the post that seals my Friday. Listen to this
“It’s not every bad thing that happens to you that people want to know about”
That seals it. Even though it was a random rant by one of my 20000 friends, I took it personal because it just felt like on top of everything else, I was being asked to shut up!
Thank you for reading.
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