I interviewed for a position with two women, and I thought the interview was going okay, very relatable, dry and tense, but okay it was not something that I would worry about and typical of an interview in the past. I thought it was awkward that they didn’t have their cameras on via Teams, but I let it go.
I was cut off completing my thought – answering their question and they were not interested in me very much. It was as if they were in a hurry. The very last question that was asked of me was the following, “how do you deal with gossip?” It took a lot out of me not to drop my mouth open because I did have my camera on. I summarized commenting to just not comment, people’s words have consequences. I’ve been in the workforce long enough to know not to comment on situations that you are not familiar with and not your place to have an opinion on anyone.
I should have listened to my gut instinct. This job would go on to be my worst nightmare. There was no mention of a one-year probation period and the job description was not what I accepted. It turned out to be a data entry position and the toxic work environment was awful. My advice is to always trust your intuition. Don’t be too desperate to run from where you are, “the grass is not always greener on the other side.” But we never know what we will encounter. It’s the risk we take when we accept a new job. I was desperate to leave the current position and rushing put me in an unfortunate situation and my worst nightmare of a job.