I am super mega tired. Absolutely exhausted.
Friday morning or so, a call from the Southern Caliornia Group, Inc., woke me up around 9:30am. They found my resume on Hot Jobs and thought I sounded for a good candidate for their "Account Representative" position, so they invited me to an interview on Monday at 2:15pm. My initial reaction was, what? I had no idea who this company was or what they did or even what an "Account Representative" did. Sounded like a desk job with lots of paperwork to me. Boy was I wrong.
I went to the interview yesterday. I got there right around 2 o'clock and filled out a brief application/questionnaire. Then I waited. A little while later, this guy named Ted came out and called for me. We went back into his office and had a chat about a couple different things, mostly stuff like why I'm a good leader and how I handle people, etc. He said they would be making call backs right around 4:30pm same day, and if it was him on the phone, it was good news; if it was one of the front office girls, it was bad. I left the interview feeling like I hadn't made a particularly wonderful impression and thoroughly expected a call from one of the girls, if they kept to their promise.
4:29pm, Monday. I got a call. It was Teddy. Apparently, he really liked me or saw some potential in me or whatever. He invited me back for what he termed "the world's longest second interview" the next day, Tuesday, from 8am to 5pm. Okay then.
I set my alarm for 6:15am and went to bed. It felt like it took forever and a day to just get to sleep. I woke up at 5:15am for no reason, realized I had an hour before I had to get up, and went back to sleep. The next time I woke up, it was 6:48am. Frick. Apparently, I'd set my alarm to 6:15pm, not am. So I rushed rushed rushed to get dressed, make up on, threw a snack together (cut up an apple and a carrot, threw a larabar and a fiber one bar in my purse and grabbed some fresh water) and flew out the door. I made it with 10 minutes to spare. Go me.
In all, three of the probably 15 people that went through the first interview made it to the second round. It was just me, Andrew, and this other guy that I saw yesterday. We all filled out a form acknowledging that this was not to be construed as employment at this point in time, then an employee by the name of Lee came out to talk to us. He gave us a brief run down of the company and what to expect that day, then Teddy (who is apparently the owner of this branch) came out with three "superstar" employees and paired us up for the day. I was paired with Robert. We were then included in a morning meeting where they went over a some of their work ethic philosophies and acknowledged some employees who were doing well, then we all dispersed to our cars. The three of us interviewing for the day were to shadow an employee for the day to get a good idea what the job is all about.
Robert and I headed down to his "territory" in Anaheim and got to work. We started going door-to-door talking to AT&T small- to medium-size businesses customers. Our purpose was to check out their AT&T statements to check that all the business updates that AT&T recently made were being accurately reflected in the bills. (Let me clarify: This company, the SoCal Group, Inc., has two major client corporations at the moment: AT&T and Quill. SoCal Group's responsibility is direct customer marketing/sales for these clients.) For whatever reason, most people just weren't interested, or they were busy, or the person in charge of the billing wasn't available. Robert got shut down a lot today. One lady, the manager of a women's health clinic was really hesitant and wary because lots of people call saying they're from AT&T but they're actually resellers and not official AT&T employees. One small business owner got really uppity and in Robert's face because ZOMG Robert "threw" the menu he'd been holding on the counter after he got shut down again. Really, he just dropped it. People do that all the time. But this guy decided to blow it completely out of proportion and act like Robert had been hella rude and all that crap. He wanted Robert's name so he could report his behavior to AT&T, and when Robert proved uncooperative with that, he started going after me. Dude needed to take a chill pill. He ended up harassing us until we left the business complex that we were in and threatened to get property management involved. Really, there's nothing the management could have done since Robert was visiting AT&T customers, not soliciting. All in all, we ended up doing this from about 9am to just about 4pm, which is a little shorter than the normal day for them. Some people were nice, some were rude like that uppity dude. Robert ended up closing one deal. He made $124 off that one sale.
We got back to the office just after 5pm. Robert had to go in and talk to Teddy about our day (and to tell him about uppity dude). They really wanted a firm yea or nay from me right then, but I still wasn't entirely sure. Robert apparently had awesome things to tell Teddy about me, so I got this "extension" time. Teddy asked that I email him by tomorrow evening regarding three topics if I'm interested. If I say yes, I'll start a two week long training period with Robert, kind of as a trial period. If I make a sale during that time, I get the money. If I sign on to the company after those two weeks, I get a $100 bonus. Sounds good, right?
Here come the drawbacks: It's a sales job. Meaning, I would pretty much be putting in 12 hour days. Robert apparently gets to the office by 7am and doesn't head home until after 6pm. Most of that time is spent hitting the pavement and knocking on doors. Secondly, this is a commission-only position. Meaning, I could end up working 12 hour days and coming home without a dime to show for it. If I make a sale, I get that money in commission. If I don't, I walk away with nothing. Robert's already made over $300 between today and yesterday, so it's possible to do well in this job, but it's not guaranteed. It would be entirely up to me. Third, this is extremely similar in structure to a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) corporation. In MLM companies, you start out at the bottom and work your way up. Once you're second level or higher, you start hiring people under you and you train them, and you get residuals from whatever commission they make, so you end up getting a fatter paycheck. This job is like that, but minus the residuals. MLM companies work for some people, but they're not for everyone.
I ended up getting home today around 6:30pm. I called Dad to talk over my interview and to get his thoughts on the whole thing since he's in the sales department for his company. He said he'd had a feeling this was a commission-only job. He also said that some people do very, very well in commission only jobs, but others like knowing they'll be getting X amount come payday. With commission only positions, paychecks can and do vary remarkably week-to-week. Robert said the good weeks tend to balance the bad, and he usually ends up making $500+ averaged every week. Other people who have been there a bit longer routinely make $1000 a week average. Dad also said that the hours are very typical of a sales job (remember in an earlier post I said he wasn't around too much? Yeah, that was because of his job). Dad thinks I could do very well in this type of position, but he also says it may not be for me, and that's fine too.
Essentially, I don't know. I would love to make $500 to $1000 every week. That would allow me to (very easily) pay my rent and other bills every month, and allow me to save money for things like emergencies and paying back my student loans come January (and maybe a nice vacation within the year, that would be sweet). I just don't want to put in 12 hour days. I don't know if I'm pushy/persuasive/whatever enough to make the sales that I'd need to make in order to get that kind of money. I'm very on the fence with this job. I'm considering say yeah, I'll put in the two weeks and see where I stand then. The worst thing that will happen is I'll lose 80+ hours of my time. If I make a commission, I'll get that money even if I don't stay with the company.
I really don't know what I'll do, but I need to decide within the next 18 or so hours if I'm going to give it a shot.