The whole event took place in the span of three days.
I was frustrated I hadn’t heard from the places I applied to. I talked to my teammate, Michael, and he encouraged me to go in and talk to a manager. On Monday afternoon as I was sitting in the car, a thought popped into my head. This is just like walking into a speech room during a tournament. You see the judge, you introduce yourself, and you shake their hand. I already know what to say after that. So I walked in and did just that.
When I did this at Texas Roadhouse the manager asked for my name and said, “I actually just looked at this application. Would you be willing to come in tomorrow at two for an interview?”
I ran giggling to the car.
If I was nervous on Monday nothing compared to what I was feeling on Tuesday. My stomach was in knots. I left a half an hour early and sat in the parking lot. Knowing God had my back, I walked in. Just like on all the Evening Programs and General Assemblies, my hands shook as I walked in but when he sat me down, I was calm, collected, and relaxed. I answered each question, remembering to be thoughtful and give him appropriate amounts of eye contact.
I got a second interview for the next day.
This time when I went into the interview I was more relaxed and confident. The first interview consisted of simple questions. “Do you have reliable transportation?” “If it snows, can you get to work?” (It’s a real problem here in Colorado) The questions in this interview were more in-depth.
“If you saw two coworkers picking on another, what would you do?”
“Tell me of a situation where you were in charge and nothing was going right. How did you treat those working with you?”
“How do you keep yourself and others energized during a long shift?”
There were many more questions but I answered each one almost the same way. “On my internship . . . ”
When the last question was asked he set down his pen. “I’m just going to hire you right now. Normally there would be a third interview with the same questions but worded differently but I’m pretty sold. Can you come in on the 20th for orientation?”
I find it funny one of the reasons why I didn’t want to intern was to get a job. And the thing that got me the job was the internship. How to interact with unhappy customers, problem solving, connecting with people, teamwork, quick thinking, clear communication-I learned all of it and more with my team on our tour.
I am so thankful for all the work, encouragement, persistence, and love ICC has poured into me throughout the years. All the training they gave me tremendously helped me get this job and has continued to help me at every table I get to serve.
// Michelle Hagood // 2015 Touring Intern