On Monday at 8:37 am, my phone rang. I hadn’t even stumbled out of bed due to horrible sleeping patterns that had emerged over the previous couple of days. It was the Queen Bee of OppA. I called her back pre-coffee because I didn’t want to wait too long and I was curious why I was the first order of business for her week.
Apparently my Friday call with the global head of operations was a resounding success and now they are very excited to have me join them. That’s flattering. I thought it was a good call also.
I always enjoy talking to folks who have been with an organization for 10+ years. They have seen it all and have some serious survival skills. Plus if you can get them talking, you learn a lot. I got her talking, so I learned quite a bit about the organization both locally and globally from an insider. Also, I have found that when having an informal “chat” that is suppose to be some type of interview or screening, it’s far better to get the other person gabbing because then they finish the call thinking, “that was great, I really enjoyed our conversation”. Of course you did because you got to do all the talking! Duh, I’ve had scads of training on this shit, so I just sit back and let them run.
Prior to the call with Ops, I had to take their “predictive analysis” and I aced it. OK, OK, everyone always says there is no “right” answers, but they do look for certain types for certain roles, so I needed to be the right type for my role. I was relieved because although I have taken a bunch of those as well, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to show up on this one. I’ve taken this specific one before, but before sitting down I called a GF who is an expert and actually administers them herself. Her advice: deep breath, quiet spot, take your time but never, ever try to game it because that will screw everything else. She said, “Maggie, you are who you are and they are damn lucky to get you. Just be yourself and the results will tell them who you are.” Yep, she was right.
Back to Queen Bee’s early morning call. She was prepping for a call with the CEO and other leadership later this week and I am on the agenda. That’s flattering. But she is racing to the assumption that I’m a done deal. Easy, Cowgirl. We are still dating and although I’m amenable to a committed relationship, we still have a lot of things to discuss. She was a bit surprised when I said I still had quite a few questions, but she asked me to send them over and she would get my answers.
This meant I needed to sit down and figure out where my gaps in information were. Some of it was easy: benefits, org chart stuff, meeting current staffers. I asked for her to disclose the names of the other team coming on board. She won’t do that yet, but she’s asking the CEO if she can. Her response included this line, “you seem very congenial and I’m certain you would get along with anybody.” Yeah, but just because I get along doesn’t mean this would be a good fit for me.
They want me start early in January. Wow, the timeline certainly improved. They have not provided me with any information on my compensation package. Interesting. Looks like I’ll have to ask for all the specifics. In the meantime, I need to put together my numbers so I’m ready. Plus I have a bunch of logistics to figure out in my segue way from Maggie & Co to OppA.
Last night I had drinks with a long-time girlfriend. We met when we were both young moms in this crazy profession of ours. We have always been close, but very few people have ever known how close. She’s very close to the Queen Bee, which is funny because the QB has no idea. She was helpful and she had some good insight.
One such insight: apparently QB is annoying her closest GF’s by getting a bit big for her britches. This happens all the time in my world. You simply start believing your own BS and humility falls by the wayside. Another: my GF told me that she was working with QB on a project and QB didn’t deliver as promised. Uh oh. That’s an integrity lapse which could have been caused by the aforementioned believing your own BS. I’ve seen that spiral into more problems over time.
We also talked about QB’s relationships with current employees. One is the young Prince. QB once worked for the Prince’s dad and she is the godmother to his sister. Yes, that incestuous. Interesting because that close relationship will be a factor in how business is divvied up. Let’s not kid ourselves. The Prince is a rising star in the company and has national recognition. He could also be suffering from the aforementioned BS believing/humility issues. This is why meeting him beforehand is key. Another interesting tidbit is a former colleague of QB is quite miserable in his current company. He is very close to QB and my GF wondered if he might come over to QB.
My GF and I chatted about how in our world, people are always trying to recruit and everybody talks to everybody so you never know who’s serious and who’s just kicking the tires. I told her about the woman I met over drinks a couple of weeks ago who is also seeking a job in our crazy world. She was sent my way by another GF, so we had an informal chat. Two of her opportunities were with the same companies I’m talking to. Sigh. That just proves my point that everybody talks to everybody and nobody knows what is actually going on. BTW, I never told that woman that I’m talking to the same groups or talking to anybody at all. She’s nice, but geez, I don’t know her that well…..
My GF said I need to pry and talk to the guy in the company who’s my buddy. She’s right. He has offered to help, so I need to take him up on it. We chatted about my two guesses who the big Team is that they are recruiting. She thought my guesses were spot on. We also talked about who I should reach out to for a pulse read on QB’s recruiting efforts. I have one spy poking around, but I need to approach the King of Confidences. If I approach the King, then my secret has popped out and he can (and probably will) trade my information. The question becomes will he have information valuable enough for this trade?
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