A job opportunity came up and I wanted the promotion really bad. This promotion came with a HUGE salary increase, bonus and other perks but most importantly, it was a great opportunity to grow and learn more about the business. I was really amped about applying. I felt really good about putting my name in the hat because I did all the right things in the company, said the right words and I performed my current job flawlessly. I was respected by my peers, recognized by upper level management, you name it. My job reviews were always above reproach. In other words I felt like, "King Kong ain't got shit on me!"
An interview is scheduled and in my heart I KNEW I would get the promotion. On the day of the interview I dress extra sharp with the creases in my pants pressed razor sharp. The shoes are mirror shine black, hair is laid out SMOOVE!!!! I am as excited as a kid at Six Flags!!!! I walk into the office like a classic man and…….
Interviewer: Have a seat. I received your application and the position is already filled.
My heart drops. The smile fades and I suddenly feel really uncomfortable. I clasp my hands together and in my mind WTF?!???? is firing off a hundred times a second.
Interviewer: Do you think I would announce this position is open without already knowing who is going to fill it?
Me being indignant: Well I don’t know how you could fill (air quoting this with my fingers) the position without interviewing me. That doesn’t make sense.
Interviewer, as he leans over his desk: Let me tell you something, you will never be anything more than what you are in this company. There is zero growth opportunity for you here.
I was stunned. I looked at the Interviewer and barked, “That’s the most fucked up thing you could have said to me!!!” I stand up, walk out of the office and straight to my immediate boss’s office and asked, “What the fuck was that?”
Boss: I was told to interview you and tell you that, but I told them I wouldn’t do it.
That stung in a way I had never been stung before. That was a Mike Tyson body blow punch. The wind sailed out of me. The boss already knew what was going to happen.
The rest of the day I sat in my cube totally pissed. I couldn’t work, couldn’t think, couldn’t do anything BUT hear those words over and over again, “You will never be anything more than what you are in this company.” I went home and just couldn’t shake it. I was beyond mad. I was seething with anger and then I started questioning myself. Am I dumb, not qualified?