This Sunday I had a job interview for the new frozen yogurt place opening up in town. En route to the interview, I learned a very important lesson in practicality and preparedness.
Starbucks 2:08 p.m. I pulled into the parking lot of the appointed meeting place with seven minutes to spare– two entire minutes of which I spent parking the car. I have found that my confidence is directly related to how well I park the car. What should have been an easy parking maneuver turned into a dance of pulling in, backing out, pulling in again, straightening the car, and still ending up far from parallel. To my embarrassment, there was only one car beside me. I had tons of free space, and I still managed to end up about 30° from parallel. With the clock ticking, I decided it was time to go into the interview. Upon grabbing my résumé, a gust of wind took the document right out of my hands and sent it flying toward the busy intersection beyond the edge of the parking lot.
I must have been quite a spectacle, chasing after a sheet of paper in my stacked heels. Why I wore heels to an interview for a frozen yogurt shop, I cannot say, as heels are as impractical for serving yogurt as they are for running after résumés. In any case, just as I was about to grab it in the parking lot, the wind scooped the paper up again and deposited it at the bottom of a little grassy patch near the intersection. I rescued the document, brushed the sand off the back, and proceeded to the interview. Though my terrible parking job and mad dash ruffled my feathers slightly, I kept myself under control.
During my session, the woman even complimented me on how “smart” I seemed.
The lesson: don’t be that fool who runs after a necessary document in the parking lot. Be prepared, and keep two copies of your résumé with you. And wear practical shoes.
Firsts This Week:
- Chased after a paper in heels, nearly missing my interview
- Saw the play To Kill a Mockingbird