"Thank you for your interest in a position at …Whole Foods Market ……..It was a pleasure meeting with you at the Job Fair. We have reviewed your application,
carefully considered your qualifications, and have decided to continue
to pursue other applicants for this position who more closely match the
needs of the position.
However, your profile…blahblahblah….."
this polite little phrase is a kiss off. what stunned and hurt me most was the swiftness of it. it's wording is so generic that i have received similar letters from different companies. i
give up. i just don't know what it takes to impress these people. i
really don't. i received the email while on the way to Bren's and i
arrived completely deflated. again, i don't necessary want to be a
grocery clerk, but i love the product and i believe in what they do and
i am a people person regardless of what their "very careful
consideration" of me failed to reveal.
the day began with me up in the crisp cool darkness with s. i gave myself lots of time to get to the interview because a few inches of snow had fallen and in this city that could mean traffic snarls that might affect transit. i arrived with loads of time to spare to a scene that was utter serenity compared to the chaos of yesterday.
i read an apropos article in 24 on my way there, giving interview tips. the assumption of the article was that the interview setting would be intimate enough and the interviewer open enough to find out he also had a calico cat or something. i don't think i've ever had an interviewer reveal any personal information about themselves. i was friendly, made eye contact, complimented on his name it was Matt– a good strong name, it is–and i tried to engage him, but he hardly bothered. he was definitely phoning it in.
i waited for a second interview with a team leader and again, i was engaging friendly, and again only a few brief questions were asked of me. one of them being what i thought was good customer service. i answered honestly and what i thought correctly. i am a discriminating customer and i don't know how these people determine the ability to give customer
service versus not. i do know customer service delivered badly and indifferently because i
have been on the receiving end of it and it has even occurred in one of
these stores. how those people came by their jobs and jobs in intrigues
me. the interviewer asked me if i had any questions, i had one of her which i asked. however…..
when the interview was over i left with a whole foods green grocery bag and misgivings. i told myself however, that i did my best…did my best. (thank you four agreements). i don't know what the secret formula is, i can only be myself and do my best and i know in my heart that i am a quality person who would be a quality employee.