It's been rather a hectic week and this evening I am feeling it. I am really tired, but as it's nearly the weekend I'm not as grumpy with it as I might otherwise have been. I've had a big week at work, this week. One of my colleagues left a few weeks ago and her job was advertised (internally only, due to the recruitment freeze) She advised me to apply for it, and said that she knew the managers had someone else in mind for it but that applying for it would be good experience. I knew that it was a long shot because her job is two pay bands above mine, but I put together an application and had the interview yesterday. The interview itself wasn't stressful, but the lead-up to it was as one of the other candidates bragged loudly (in an open plan office) about the new job he was going to be starting on Monday, and his new line manager etc. Most unprofessional, and I'll admit that initially it did psych me out a bit. I mean, I knew that the job was going to go to him (he had been moved into our team for that reason a few weeks previous) and he knew the job was going to him, but it left a really bad taste in my mouth. I am not looking forward to working with him. Anyhow, the interview itself went really well - I know that I answered the questions well, I never felt like I was blagging or struggling, and I know that I could do the job. I didn't get it, but in my feedback interview today the heads of my department told me that it was really close between me and Mr Big Mouth, and that I could do the job and that I had impressed them, and that they were going to give me more opportunities to develop in that direction. So, considering I didn't get a job I applied for, today feels pretty rad! Mainly, I think, because I know that I gave a good account of myself in the interview and in my application. Also because I know now that I could do the job, and that other people think so too, and most importantly of all, I feel so happy to have had the confidence to even apply for it. That would not have been the case 6 months ago. So, the only thing now is to wait for another post to open up, and to continue feeling good about myself at work. That rejection doesn't feel like a rejection, because I know I can do the job.
To give me an extra little confidence boost for my interview yesterday, I decided to wear a new dress and a cute little belt I had picked up in Accessorize on Monday:
Fever Dotty Shift dress, red belt from Accessorize and Irregular Choice No Place Like Home shoes
How adorable is this dress?! I will try to get a better photo of it in daylight so you can see how pretty it really is. It was a gift from the lovely people at Fever Designs by way of thanking me for reviewing their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. I love the collar detail, it has a quirkily nautical feel to it:
You can probably tell I'd had a long day...
Belting it isn't strictly necessary, but I can't resist the combination of red and blue:
I thought I'd treat you all with a nice big close up of my tummy, here. Lucky old you.
Between the free dress, the good interview experience and lots of encouragement from Nic and my friends at work, yesterday was a really feel-good kind of day. Maybe that's why I'm so tired out now!
My dinner is ready so I'm going to go, but I'll catch you all later. I have another dress-shaped gift from Fever to show off soon as well, so watch this space. Now, dinner......