so I struggled out of bed for a job interview today at starbucks. I was early, and the interview went pretty well, I think. at least, it lasted for 40 minutes, I managed to get the manager to chit-chat with me and do two or three little bunny trails of conversation when he was trying to read me questions from a list he didn't like, and at the end he asked me how I fealt about being a shift supervisor, and generally being on the track to higher management positions. I was kinda suprised by the management question, I was just looking for hourly work, I'd get full medical, prescription, dental, and vision, just at 20 hours a week...but for move-out-from-parents-house kinda pay, hell yes I'm interested in supervising/management. I was talking to my mom about it and describing the interview. it opened with the typical "why do you want to work here" question. I responded with a discussion of their employee benefits, the company's support of fair trade and something I'd googled about forbes or a comparable magazine rating them the 2nd best chain to work for in the US, and threw in some shit about living nearby (I do live within walking distance) and liking the atmosphere as an afterthought. my mom chuckled and said "that would explain why he suggested you for management..." I'd given more or less the same reasons to my friend John when I told him I was applying there, so I texted him about my mom's reaction:
John: "haha yeah I didn't realize you gave those answers in your interview, they are management answers. "I like coffee" would have been more appropriate for the job you were applying for. Everyone likes you and your iq is about 30 points higher than necessary to run a starbucks so you'll get promoted."
I should probably make sure I get hired before I get promoted, but Aaron, the guy who interviewed me, said something along the lines of "just bring your personality to the second interview I'm recommending you for and you'll do just fine." I was surprised at how much the hotel job gave me to talk about. I guess dealing with everyone from wedding parties to an alcoholic coworker to homeless people to hospitals and the attorney general's office really was a kind of broad experience base. certainly gave me plenty to talk about as far as their form questions. I think I was graded on a rubric based on my responses. the guy interviewing me said he didn't like how impersonal the process was but he had to do it that way. *shrug*
anyways, they are fair trade, at least partially, and supposedly they are looking at going 100%. they provide full health benefits to gay partners as well as straight, and aside from being trendy and rather monolithic, I can't think of much to complain about them. I really rather doubt if I found a locally owned coffee shop that it would give me and a spouse full benefits on this scale...having spent one particularly joyful bit of the last few months too broke to treat either scabies or the flu, living on a futon in someone's living room, I can definitely appreciate health insurance...and as my last job interview was for the pooper-scooper position at the local vet's office, shift supervisor at starbucks may not be everything I've ever dreamed of, but rit's relatively respectable. apparently I'd also get a free pound of coffee or tea each week...my friends shall never be decaffinated again! oh, and 5% off at barnes and noble? other discounts too but I'm not sure of the specifics yet. I've heard rumors that you can transfer from one store to another, even out of state...so this could be very nice.
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