“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.” -Clark W. Griswold, Jr.
I must admit that after a few days my confidence began to fade a bit. But then the phone rang. I knew it was SeaVentures because it was now programmed on my phone.
I had recently been dumped by my girlfriend via text message. So I figured it must be good news since they were making the effort to call me. However, I held my breath in anticipation (which you should never do as a scuba diver, but we will get into that later).
Should I answer on the first ring? Will that seem too anxious? Oh, who cares!
I answered. It was Beverly. She said they had narrowed it down to two candidates and I was one of them! She invited me to a second interview.
In many ways, preparing for a job interview is like trying to prepare for an appearance as a Jeopardy! contestant. You never know exactly what you will be asked and you can’t cram for it in one night. You just kinda have to be confident enough to go into it with what you have learned over a lifetime. So I went into the second interview with little preparation, but a lot of passion for online marketing and scuba.
After I left, I felt good about the second interview. But I had learned from experience that sometimes you just don’t get picked. And most of the time you never know exactly why you didn’t get picked.
There was phone silence for the next two days. Uh oh.
Then I checked my email and saw a message from Beverly. Uh oh, again. No one had ever sent me an email to say,”you’re hired!”.
Have you ever been afraid to open an email?
I closed my eyes and opened the email. Then I squinted to scan the words. I was preparing myself to see “we decided to go in another direction”, but that wasn’t the case. They offered me the job! And just as importantly, they also offered to train me as a scuba diver! It didn’t take long for me to reply back to ask,”when do I start?!”.
Somewhere in the interview process, the idea of a Divers Blog came up. I would write about my journey to become a scuba diver. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. To be continued…