I had my big meeting today. I purposefully didn’t mention when it would be in case it went horribly wrong. I walked in to a deliciously decorated, modern and somewhat whimsical office space. I was greeted by a very warm, approachable receptionist. Two of the girls working there were waiting to leave to go to some gallery, which had me very intrigued – what gallery were they going to and can I come too? Their boardroom has rows of books stacked on floating, white shelves and the words “think bold” sat on top in bright orange. I wanted to dive in to their library so badly. The large Carrera marble, slab table is definitely the focal point of the space, which is surrounded by very comfortable, white modern chairs. A giant television has a scrolling showcase of their projects on display and written on one wall is quotes from press that they had received. They definitely aren’t afraid of a little colour, which I love.
I’m glad to report back that the meeting went better than I ever could have asked for, which makes me want to work for Yoo even moreso. This is exactly why we moved to London – to have experiences we could only dream of in Vancouver. I honestly could have stayed and chatted all day about design and their business and the comings and goings of the world. My interviewer was beyond nice and we talked for close to 40 minutes. Since I didn’t know if they even had a position available and I had just requested a meeting in the hopes that they met me and loved me, I thought after 10 minutes he might say “Why exactly are you here?” I was greatly relieved when he mentioned that they actively recruit people that are a good fit for the organization whether there is a position available or not. So despite my hair growing in size exponentially from my place to their office and the printers messing up my portfolio (the borders look horrible and the images are all blurry, but I did leave it until yesterday, so I am partially to blame), I really couldn’t have asked for it to go any better than it did. The company has not had any designer quit. For a team of 18 designers, that is really impressive. Bonus points – they had one designer move to Germany, so they accommodated that and kept her on as a freelance designer. Doesn’t that sound like the kind of company you want to work for? Like I’ve said before, isn’t it nice when it’s just easy? When there’s a flow and it just feels right, you just get a sense that the world is your oyster (or rather your Oyster card in London – taking you wherever you want to go). I’m really on cloud nine right now and don’t want the feeling to end.
So now the waiting game begins. Luckily, it’s moving day tomorrow and we haven’t packed a thing, so that should keep me pretty sidetracked.
Can I make a request of you, my darling friends and family? If you would be so kind as to leave a note about why Yoo should hire me, I would greatly appreciate it. I thought it would be a nice way for them to get a sense of who they’d be working with. Also, I gave the URL of this blog to my interviewer, so there is a high probability he will check it out, which totally terrifies me and makes me want to go back and read every word I’ve ever written. I promised to be honest though, and that is what this blog has been. Wish me luck, or rather, envision me success – I prefer to create opportunities rather than just wish on a star that something might appear! And if I sound like I’m brown-nosing – make no mistakes – I absolutely am!