The scoop on my interview...
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|Fri, 05-09-2003 - 10:37am|
First of all, it must have gone fairly well since she asked for references and said she would be sending me a job application to fill out today. (Side note: The lady was an hour late, she did call 30 minutes before our interview and said she would be a half hour late, but it turned into an hour. This sucked since it was supposed to be at 6:00 p.m. and I hadn't had dinner. The interview was an hour and a half long also, so I didn't get home until after Alex (DS) was asleep.)
Anyway, I do think it sounds like an intriguing opportunity. This woman has been doing mortgage banking for about 20 years, she is very sharp and has been extremely successful, she is making around $250,000 a year. She has actually gotten a little too successful and that's why she is hiring some people (two actually). She is married and has a 5 year old and a 1.5 year old and she is looking to off-load some of her work and her earnings to achieve better quality of life for her and her family. Makes total sense to me! She doesn't sell anything, she works entirely on referrals, which she has been doing now for about 8 years, this clearly means she is doing a great job. She is fast-talking, fast-thinking, kinda loud, a little abrasive, a major perfectionist, and I'm sure she would be demanding. (This is the EXACT opposite of my current job! But not necessarily a bad thing since I am bored out of my mind now.)
Could I do the job? Absolutely. It would be interesting, fast-paced, and exciting. It also has the potential to be VERY lucrative. Would she drive me insane? I don't think so, but I don't know for sure.
She is backed by the second largest mortgage lender in the U.S., they just "bought" her about 2 months ago, so I would get full benefits and everything that goes with a corporate job. I would be working MUCH closer to home and have the flexibility to take Alex to doctor's appointments or meet DH for lunch on occasion without taking the whole day off. However, there would definitely be times when I would need to work late in the evening or on the weekend. She wants long hours to be the exception to the rule though, she kept stressing that she needs better "quality of life" and that she totally understands that one can get seriously burnt out in this industry.
She thinks I can ramp up and really learn the fundamentals of her business in 3 to 6 months given my background. She also thinks I would be at about 2/3 of my current salary during the first few months, but exceed it by the end of this year (we very candidly talked about the compensation package).
I will be fully vested for retirement in a month and a half at my current job, I'm not sure how big a deal that is since I don't have any money in a 401K right now - we had to cash out my 10 years worth of 401K as a last ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy last year, we still ended up filing though. :(
Decisions, decisions! I was exhausted when I got home last night, so DH and I didn't talk about it much. I still need to discuss it all with him this weekend so we can decide what we want to do. This all assumes that I get an offer, LOL!
So, that's where I am right now!