The awkward interview
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Time for interviews, even though our advisers are always supporting us and sending our resumes to every possible company, we do have to search for ourselves, and that is what I did. I started to search for options, many of them captured my attention, companies such as Red Bull, Tech Day, T3, Foursquare etc. offered very interesting internships; nevertheless, almost none of them replied but one. XYZ company (could not use names) dedicated to the rent of spaces in order for entrepreneurs and startups to be able to work in a creative space, offering them quality networking and events. It was Friday 5th, when I received an email from the the CEO of the company, asking me if I was able for an Skype interview the next day. I totally said yes and prepare myself. The next day I took the interview even though she was almost 30 minutes late. The interview went well, but she asked me to made some research about startups promoted by the different consulates in NYC, I though this was a type of challenge in order to prove my skills, so I did my best and set a second interview for the following Wednesday.
On Wednesday I was ready at 10 am to talk her, but she was not, I waited for her to call, I sent her an email, and I actually sent her messages through Skype, I was really confused, but then I thought maybe she was very busy and could not take the call, so I sent her an email in order to set a new date. The same day, I received an email during the evening, no explanation from her, only a request for me to answer when I would be able again to talk to her. I got a little bit upset since I did not know if it was a cultural difference or if she really was like that. Then, I replied, and asked her if she was available the next day at 11 am. She did not reply, tough, I was 11 am sharp with my Skype open and my research at hand, and guess what? she was not there! I could not believe, I waited 30 minutes and then I sent an email asking her if she was still interested on giving me the opportunity to work at District Co Work.
She replied the email until Sunday, asking me if I could go and visit the offices the next day, I was very surprised and happy, so without question I replied and set an appointment at 9:30 am.
The next day I woke up at 5:30 am, I took the bus to NYC at 7:05 and got there almost at 9 am, I took a coffee and waited for the time to come. When I arrived, she was not there, so I had to wait again, it did not took so long when she arrived and asked me to join her at her office, she asked me some questions about my current courses, and then she asked me about my research. I have to mention, she was very strict in her questions, I was not feeling very welcomed and I thought she was acting a little condescending. When she gave me feedback about my research, she was actually talking me as if I was already working for her, which I did not like since she have not even explained me everything well.
Then, she asked me at what time I was going to leave since I had class that day, I said I was able until 11 since the bus will leave at 11:20. She took advantage of this and asked me to stay there improving my research, again I did not know what to say and stayed there. She took a phone call and left the room, it was 11 am, I had to go and she was not there. I took a look around the place so I could say thanks and leave, but as soon as I found her she made a sign with her fingers telling me to wait. I could not wait for her, so I sent her an email with the spreadsheet attached, telling her I was very thankful for her time and apologizing for leaving. I also asked her if the internship was paid or not since it was really important for me to know that if I would be working under that kind of pressure.
She sent me two emails, the first one asking me to send her the word document, my first thought when reading that was (really?), then the second email said: “Thank you. Regarding to the internship payment, please refer to the post from Indeed, it is an unpaid internship, but I am sure you will learn a lot. Tell me if you are still interested.” Obviously I was not interested anymore, so I decided to wait until Thursday to have my other interviews and then decide. So here I am still waiting for my next interviews, wish me luck!
Like a final comment, one friend always tells me everything happens for a reason, you always learn something, and for sure something better is waiting for you. So let us not be negative and keep looking forward!