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Aaron's job interview
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Patria    Posted 12-11-2003 at 08:29:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The interviewer was an americano, he didn't speak any spanish. He asked me to follow him to one of the livingroom sets the store has for sale, it made me feel comfortable and a bit more relaxed.
All in all he thought that my previous experience as a travel agent was a good point in my advantage for the sales position that included collection, phone follow-ups, etc.
Asked me also if I have had any experience in management, I told him that even though I always worked in bookings,many times promoting, marketing and managing was part of my responsabilities. He said the company has a thorough management training and asked me if I would be willing to put all my might into it...hehe, at this point my only thought[fear] was MATH!!, but of course I gave him a big yes!!
In travel agencies when you finish a week's work the manager has to do the accounting, when she/he wasn't traveling or in a trade show or..anyway, I had to do it many times. You have to group apart every sales slip, each group of air travel, cruises, hotels, trains, car rental, and sometimes cell phone rentals. For each of these sales there's a different percent gain for the agency, account also for special charges and so on...I have only ten fingers, so I used a calculator. Not a big deal, eh?
Now, going back to mr.interviewer and here is when he had to kick me down back to earth, told me that the sales clerk should also be able to move furniture around....
He was really nice, asked me also what did I know from Italy, he's going with all his family in about three weeks. So we had a nice chat about his trip. Said he was having some problems with the travel agent and his confirmations. I gave him a couple of hints and websites to get his information.
Anyway, I should have a call from them before next week's friday, otherwise, a letter saying..
THANK YOU BUT...NO THANK YOU...

Patria
[hope you understand half of all this babbling..]


deadcarp - math?    Posted 12-11-2003 at 19:45:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
you have trouble with math? i wish we lived closer, i could take you for a walk in the woods and i'd help you come back with a handle on math - that easy! as a wild guess, i'd say you couldn't find anything to compare it to when you were learning it and that's the key to learning anything - you just build on something you already know and like. anyway, don't be afraid of it, it's no bigger deal than any subject - and think about that okay. an old investor once told me - numbers might offend you or worry you, but they're more dependable than us cuz they'll never lie. not even by a penny. boy was he right :)



LOL..and a walk..    Posted 12-11-2003 at 20:48:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
..in the woods is all it takes?

Wished I've know that centuries ago..

no, seriously now, my early school years were a nightmare..no point now getting into details.

Although your input is always welcome, DC, thank you.



Ron,Ar    Posted 12-11-2003 at 10:07:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you had the right answers. I hope you get the job. I thought your family was restoring some sort of historical hotel/resort or something? Maybe I am confusing that with something else. Anyway, I know we all wish you well in this endeavor. Ron,Ar


Patria    Posted 12-11-2003 at 11:55:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes Ron, my husband was working with and achitect friend from Holland on the restoration and remodeling of a 1600's building to turn it into a hotel. When the guy started having financial problems he stopped paying, and Gerrit stopped working for him. My husband did all the electrical connections of the 16 rooms building of four floors. Also the computers and internet network, security and monitoring system, fire alarm system,,well, you name it..
The guy ows him big money, but my husband stay put with him for friendship sake.
Now an investor 'angel' from Grece is about to put his money into this crazy venture and we'll finally get paid. Also my husband might go back to work with the friend on a contract and paid in advance.
Remember I told here were going to open a pub in the said hotel?, but then the architect started his money problems and changed all the plans we had and wanted a year's rent in advance. Of course we said no, first, because we wouldn't get from the bank that kind of money, and second, witnessing all the problems the project is facing I thought we would end up in the same boat. At first the architect would get all the equipment for the pub. The bank would then loan us the start up money, but only when they saw that the hotel was running smoothly. That wouldn't be a big problem, if only the architect's wife wasn't the one to runn the hotel. The airhead is actually believing that the ppl she's interviewing to open the hotel are going to help her without getting paid the first couple of months!! I tell you, she's running a circus..
I really wanted to do this, but maybe it was for the best.

Meanwhile my husband is doing some freelance handywork, some pet food prosessing plant consultancy for some of his old clients from europe but this is not on a regular basis either.
But bills are getting paid, thanks to him. And for a man to start over again in a foreing country, that can't not speak their language, that also wasn't used to do this kind of hard work, he's doing wonderful, and he's not complaining and whinning.
He's like a got getter.. you know what I mean?
He's working his a$$ off. And I want to help him.
I'll stop here, I'm giving myself away..hehe

Now, you all go back to your own soap box, eh?


ron,Ar    Posted 12-11-2003 at 12:56:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the update, I do find that very interesting, as do others I am sure. It seems that some folks that work very hard to help get a project off the ground end up on the short end. Our buddy Clod is sorta in the same boat I think. Hope it all works out well.


Red Dave    Posted 12-11-2003 at 08:32:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you did just fine. I bet you'll get a job offer.


Patria    Posted 12-11-2003 at 10:27:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Red Dave
I felt prety confident, but who knows what he's looking for. All I saw there were guys..
I'm having talks also with some friends at the city hall in my town. Two years ago they needed ppl for the cultural afairs department but I was employed.


TB    Posted 12-11-2003 at 11:04:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will keep my fingers crossed.


Hey TB..    Posted 12-11-2003 at 11:57:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
..what a wonderful bunch you all are..

I wonder if it would have been like this if we were all neighbors..:-)


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