Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Corner of 5th and insanity.
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I can take a stab at it, though I quit writing a few years ago and, yeah. I hope this is feasible/usable for you guys! And that you like it. :)
Eryss nervously fidgeted with her fingers, letting her eyes wander around the room. 'Relax' she thought to herself, pressing herself more deeply into the office chair, 'breathe.' She inhaled when she prompted herself to, closing her eyes and settling on a rhythm to drum her fingers to while the wait pressed on. She told herself to think of Aspen, to focus on the profoundly tranquil feeling she had had while walking Aspen up and down the ranch's drive. She was shocked to feel the relaxation come over her; a wave of easy breathing hit her, she felt fine.
"I'm so sorry I'm late Eryss!" Clare's mother exclaimed as she entered the room and found her way around the office desk. "It's not a very professional way to start the professional aspect of your life, is it?" The woman laughed as she settled into her office chair, simultaneously opening drawers and shuffling with paperwork. She grabbed a sheet and slid it across the desk to Eryss, who nervously reached across the desk and took it, not knowing what to expect.
"Th..ank you, Mrs. Schiller. I'm sorry but I have to be honest.." She started to say, leaving her eyes on the paper, "I was late too, by twenty or so minutes," she glanced up to see the woman's reaction. She was shocked by a grin.
"Thank you for your honesty Eryss. You'll find that honesty is the best policy when you apply for jobs. The last thing you want to do is start your professional relationship on a lie, it leaves room for bad blood and a lack of trust. Especially if you're caught in a lie."
"Oh! Ok.. I get it. I just didn't want to get in trouble for lying." Eryss said, blushing and dropping her gaze again.
"Alright, so let's get this interview on the road. Eryss, I'd like to remind you that you already have this position guaranteed and that this is just so you get the practice of a true interview." Mrs. Schiller said before pointing at the piece of paper she slid across the desk, "That is your interview guide. It's a kind of cheat sheet that I use with my children when I first introduce them to interviews. Your task right now is to read it and get a gist of what'll happen in this interview. It's a list of what kind of questions I'll ask and why I'll be asking them. This is a tool that will help you in the future, as well as in this mock-interview." The woman winked at Eryss, dismissing her from the office so that she could do as asked. Eryss nodded and left the room, reminding herself how to walk, how to breathe, and where to go as she did. Her nerves hadn't waned since Mrs. Schiller had entered the room, the formal tone in her voice didn't help.
Ten minutes later, Eryss reentered Clare's mom's office with a renewed sense of vigor. Her soon-to-be boss hadn't lied. The cheat sheet told Eryss almost everything she'd need to know about how and why the interview would be working the way it did. She felt calm now, her nerves abated and relaxed as the fear of the unknown left her body. "Mrs. Schiller, I'm here for my interview." She boldly declared as she stood beside her chair, waiting for the response she'd read would be given. She couldn't help but notice a smile forming on the woman's face as she rose from her chair.
"Ah, yes, you must be my 2:40." Mrs. Schiller said, shaking Eryss' hand and opening her arm in a sweeping gesture toward the office chair, "please have a seat. My name is Georgette Schiller, I'll be interviewing you today for the position of dishwasher and prep-cook in my cafe."
"Yes, ma'am. My name's Eryss." She said awkwardly, trying to remember the information on the cheat sheet.
"Eryss, you said? That's a pretty name, how'd you end up with it?" Georgette asked sincerely, giving Eryss direct eye contact...
The path is different for you and me.. but the journey begins in the heart.