Landing the perfect new job is one of the greatest feelings ever. If you’ve ever experienced the elation of getting hired, you may recall wanting to jump for joy when you heard the news… assuming no one was watching.
Kallayah Jones finally experienced this joyful moment after nailing her interview for a serving position at The Spot, a restaurant and bar in Decatur, Georgia.
DaKara Spence is the hiring manager who interviewed Kallayah. She had no idea when she sat down with her that Kallayah had been through so much in her young life. She’s been homeless for the past two years, and she has lost several jobs in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Kallayah was desperate for a fresh start when she sat down in DaKara’s office, but it wasn’t desperation that the manager sensed in their interview. Instead, it was Kallayah’s cheerful nature and fun personality that struck her as good employee material.
“She had a great energy I felt it as soon as she walked in she seemed really positive,” said DaKara.
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Kallayah left the interview feeling certain that she had the job. What she didn’t realize was that DaKara was watching her walk from the restaurant to her car on the surveillance video.
As Kallayah walked through the parking lot she suddenly stopped, glanced around to see if anyone was watching, then broke into a brief by exuberant happy dance that had DaKara grinning like mad.
“I called her phone and I said ‘I’m going to hire you’ and ‘I seen your happy dance so you can continue dancing,'” DaKara explained. “She was just screaming through the phone and it was just a beautiful moment for me.”
DaKara was tickled by Kallayah’s excited response. She shared the video on her Facebook page with the caption, “I just hired this young girl and this was her response.” Naturally the clip went viral.
The two became fast friends once Kallayah officially started working at The Spot, bonding over their new viral status. When DaKara found out more about Kallayah’s struggles she was especially happy that she’d followed that gut instinct to hire her.
“Ms. DaKara didn’t know but I was going through so much and at that point when she gave me this chance and this opportunity. I was elated, excited and so overwhelmed to the point where no one understood how happy and accomplished I felt at that moment,” Kallayah said.
Show of hands: who else has ever been busted doing your happy dance after receiving good news? We certainly have! We couldn’t be happier for Kallayah for landing her new gig.
Watch Kallayah’s happy dance in the video below, and don’t forget to share.
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