The Interview. Family. Friends.
From the moment I hung up the phone on Monday afternoon to Friday morning, I had zero idea what kind of interview process Ringer Consulting did. There were no expectations to be met aside from the general interview tips: that you needed to dress appropriately for the employer, tie your shoes as to not trip, shave your stubble to avoid scratching, and the most important of all have a friendly smile.
What I was not expecting was being led to a long, mahogany table in a corner office like a prisoner to judgement. Fortunately enough for me, the fine folk of Ringer Consulting was understanding of my rather skittish nature, which was furthered by my current business connection, Jeremy Lewis, clapping his hands and starting an onslaught of fleshy cacophonies. Even through this there was this sense of communal belonging that tied intrinsically into these new faces. Despite the anxiety, each of the employees patiently listened while I rambled (or some say rabbled) on for a bit about an unimportant Photoshop tool.
So the verdict came out positively enough, I seemed to have made a solid enough impression. They made a rather solid impression as well. While I expected the usual one on one interview, instead I got a feel for what the company was all about. Instead of meeting the employees one at a time over the course of a few months, I met the family right then and there in that room. Of course as I was shaking like a leaf in the wind, I still found solidarity among the faces.
There was no hostility, no impending doom and no judgment just friendly people all looking toward a future that goes bigger than their current status. So what I have learned is that while having expectations is great and all, formulating a plan is not exactly wise when a curve ball comes your way. At the end of it all, there is going to be a moment where you have to know who you are and what your mettle is. But if not, don’t worry; because there are going to be people to catch you where you fell at Ringer Consulting.