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Starbucks

Some people chat. Some people read books, magazines. Some people hold business meetings and make deals while here. Admittedly I have done all of the above. However tonight, I blog while in Starbucks.

I feel great after a busy day of making two mom’s smile after seeing their baby’s portraits for the first time after the shoot we had a few days ago. It was so rewarding to see them appreciate my work. I also really liked building on long term relationships with these moms. In my view that’s what photography is about, it being relationships with the subjects. In this case, having a rapport with these mothers is key because the little ones don’t smile for me, they smile for her. I am there to capture it, with a few lights, some props, a great camera and a good eye. šŸ˜‰ The mothers bring the magic and the joy that one loves to see in a baby. Today was a good day.

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Made Decision…

I did not get the position. I was not selected in a market that was already over saturated with applicants. (…sounds like I am trying to soften the blow, sounds like an excuse.)Ā The rejection from not being selected was the toughest part of yesterday. I met each tier in a three-partĀ process. I know this because one was dependent on the other. My performance review was satisfactory or else there would have been no interview. The math test was connected to the interview. without passing it there wouldĀ not haveĀ beenĀ an interview. By the way, the math test was designed so that no one could fail it. Somehow I do not believe that. If you categorize your applicants based on their scores you are in fact passing and failing applicants, in spite of what you would leaveĀ them (us)Ā to believe. However I don’t think I scored low. It was just an observation. And as for the interview, I was as interactive and as spirited as one could be. I walked away feeling proud and like I rose to the challenge. Well in the end those were my thoughts and not the company’s thoughts about my performance. They narrowed a field of about 16 to 20 applicants to roughly 6 people. And sent the rest with two options. Either I take the severance package or a demotion. Which way will I go? New deadline June 17 to make a decision.

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Posted by on June 11, 2014 in dreadlocks, Dreads, locs

 

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D-Day

June 9th is finally here. It’s early in the morning so nothing has happened at this point as far as knowing the decision of the company and whether or not I will be receiving a lateral promotion.  Even though I am off today I anticipate phone call, up and down, on whether or not I have been selected. So we’ll leave it at that for now.

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New Deadline…

Time extended to June 9 on a decision as to whether or not I got the new position. I feel like a puppet.

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Posted by on June 4, 2014 in dreadlocks

 

Behavioral Interview: A Corporate Decision

This makes me think back to when I wrote my initial post in the ‘What About Those Dreads‘ page of this blog. I made the comment that so much of my decision to loc my hair was based on whether or not I was in a corporate environment. For the most part I am NOT in a corporate environment, I’m what you would call a foot soldier, a worker bee within this corporate company. I rarely see a luetinent or anyone with any brass in my store. So I say that because my behavioral interview success or failure, rise or fall, is based on a corporate entity that I cannot see, that I have not seen. So whether or not I am selected for a lateral promotion that decision is based on someone who I have never seen before. Where is the justice in that? How can they make a fair assessment of who gets a nod or not when you have not seen me in action. Even worse the Decision Maker did not interview me, a different panel of managers did. Why can’t they make the call? I’m frustrated,Ā  deflated and lacking the confidence that a good team will be selected. Note: If I am not on the team (a capable, talented and proven manager) how can they win? And if I am selected how can I be confident that you picked me because I was the best choice?

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Posted by on June 2, 2014 in dreadlocks, locs, natural hair

 

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Behavioral Deadline Tomorrow

So almost a two months to the day that I had the interview. The deadline is June 3. I noticed this after I read the manager elimination interview process that I signed in March. So if I were a betting man,  I should hear something today. Coincidentally there is a huge meeting at my store today which includes the one who interviewed me. Here is how it lines up in my view deadline tomorrow,the community of managers are in the store today, and no word on my status up to this point should equal an explanation, a verdict of some sort. We’ll see.

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Posted by on June 2, 2014 in dreadlocks

 

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