Today was one of, if not the most grueling, interviews I have ever had. I sat in a conference room BESIDE the VP (the gentleman that I would report to). I had created a 90 day management plan and only got the chance to hand it to him at the end of a non-stop conversation. Had it been a terrible interview I would be concerned that I didnt get a chance to present my plan but an hour and a half FLEW by.
This was my 3rd interview with this company. I am being told by some internal folks that I should expect upwards of 8-10 interviews before all is said and done. I closed him and was told that I would be interviewing next with the Systems Engineering Manager (the one that would support me and my team of Account Managers). The VP has his MBA from Duke. He was crisp, poignant and simply dead on with his questions and his answers to my questions.
I had another interview in the afternoon with three people at one (including the COO) and also closed them. I am expecting a call from their CEO tomorrow or early next week to discuss final steps. Lastly, I received a call from an interview last week stating that they want to chat about travel arrangements to Minneapolis next week to meet their executive team. When it rains, it pours I guess.
My major decision is going to come down to my desire to stay in management or to go into an individual contributor role to get a better grasp on a business and prepare myself for long term growth and stability (not that stability should even be included in the telecom dictionary).
One thing that I wanted to run by folks here is something about my MT resume. The VP in my first interview made mention that it looked like I had a fair amount of jobs since 1995. I made sure that he was clear on the fact that three companies on my resume were each listed twice because I had been promoted up the ranks on three separate occasions. I am wondering if it would make more visual sense to combine the company's that I have been promoted in so that it doesn't appear like a laundry list of employment.
I couldn't have been as successful as I was without the help of this site and the people here. Thank you all for your assistance.