Sometimes it is very difficult to make a decision, to choose whether or not to stay on familiar ground, where six months I’ve investing all my effort, energy and knowledge. Or to head out to the unknown, yet again, because it looks attractive. What would you choose? As I wrote in a previous blog, I had an interesting job offer lying on the table.
And so they called me and we agreed on an interview date. I explained in advance that I have a job at the moment but I might be interested. On a specified day I went to an interview, without any intentions or expectations, I mostly went because of curiosity. The location immediately impressed me, I later on found that street is nicknamed “Dublin’s Soho”. It’s packed with pubs, crowded terraces, hipsters, artists, business people and students, a lively and urban place. The adorable female manager greeted me with a smile and showed me every single part of the building. Spanning five floors, the massive staircase is covered with thick carpet, each room has high ceilings and historical décor. On one floor, the most reputable salon for men with a huge lounge room, also exclusively for men is located. Huge dark Churchill armchairs, a massive chandelier, glass tables, librarian lamps, newspapers and coffee fill the room.
Before the interview I decided to be professional and cool. Yeah, at the end I said far more than I planned, openly described what bothers me at current work place, what kind of team work I prefer and how I do not plan to be Cinderella but that I could make an exception if they made me a good enough offer (which made them burst out laughing).
That was the floor I was most interested in, focused on cutting and styling, all day long, just what I love the most. The ground floor is the women’s lounge, decorated with several beautiful white leather sofas and a manicure table. The remaining floors have massage rooms, cosmetic treatments, waxing and other beauty services. At the very top of the building is a small women’s hairdressing salon, totally urban and cool. There is also a large staff room with accompanied kitchenette, large windows provide overlooking the street and the city, very impressive! After the tour, the owners arrived and interviewed me. It felt completely normal, simple, cosy and quite fun. The most of the conversation was about their story, why their business is a great place to work. They definitely invested hard time to impress me.
I just don’t want to rely only on stories, of course they only talked about their good aspects in their stories.
Before the interview I decided to be professional and cool. Yeah, at the end I said far more than I planned, openly described what bothers me at current work place, what kind of team work I prefer and how I do not plan to be Cinderella but that I could make an exception if they made me a good enough offer (which made them burst out laughing). Then I did what is forbidden, according to the all articles on internet- when they asked if I had any questions, I said, “Yes, I have, what salary are you offering?”. By some miracle, I got the answer. After I cut the hair of two satisfied customers they openly told me how they planned to conduct interviews with other candidates, but they thought there is no need, if I agreed to work for them!
Later on, I did some detailed research and found that one of the owners was an assistant director in large Hollywood movies, that the salon is in all the magazines and daily newspapers in Ireland and even in an Italian fashion magazine. WOW!
Are you wondering what I decided? Well, you’ll have to read my next blog post…