I think this entry will be the last of this variety for a while. Mostly because I haven’t had any interviews in a while that are worth writing about.
In August or September, I interviewed for this company called Sanmita.
The founder and CEO was looking for a web content editor or a digital content creator. Something like that. I found the job on Indeed. One thing that irritated me about the application process was that I needed to complete an automated phone interview. It was weird talking to someone who was not actually on the other line.
I remember receiving a response to my application fairly quickly. In fact, I scheduled an interview before I did the stupid phone interview. Not sure how I got to schedule an interview before the phone questionnaire, but whatever.
During that time I had also applied to Wake Tech Community College to teach Adobe InDesign. I was surprised to hear from
So I had that on my plate as well as a potential design client and I asked the founder to reschedule my interview.
Quite honestly, I was not that interested in the position because it was in Cary, and I didn’t feel like hitting the beltline every day. But it sounded like something I could grow with.
Sanmita was in a small single-story brick office building. The CEO apparently shared the office suite with other small business owners and entreprenuers.
I was not enthusiastic about the interview and was a few minutes late.
When I entered the office building, it was super quiet and looked empty. There was a front waiting area and closed doors. I stood around for a minute or two contemplating whether or not to leave. But hoping against hope, I tried the door to my immediate left and surprised the occupant.
I asked him if he could tell me where Sanmita was, and he guided me to the right door. I entered the door on my far right and there sat a middle-aged Indian man. He was the CEO of Sanmita. I’ll call him Sanjeev.
Sanjeev didn’t want to hire me right away.
No. Instead, he wanted me to work on a sample project before he moved forward with hiring me. In other words, he wanted to me to do free work before he would take me on as a contract to permanent hire.
He wanted me to treat him like I would one of my design clients. The only problem is that I’ve never done content editing before.
So did a bunch of Google searching on the subject and how I would go about tackling this concept.
Since the first thing I ask my clients to do is fill out a questionnaire, I cobbled together a questionnaire for Sanjeev based on my limited understanding of content editing.
I uploaded it to Google Forms and sent him the link. After he completed the form and sent it back to me, I was unsure of what to do next. And actually, I had interviewed for another nonprofit job and was hoping for a second interview. So honestly, I was not invested in this “opportunity.”
And I had to admit to myself that I was doing work for free in hopes Sanjeev would hire me on as a contractor, and then as a permanent employee.