Recently I interviewed for a job that is very unlike my current position It was a long interview; I half-jokingly referred
to it as a roast. However, when it was over I felt motivated and inspired–decidedly un-roasted. Everyone (yes, there were many) went out of their way to help me feel comfortable. I believe it went well over all and I’ll know in a week or so if I am selected.
Keep in mind–MANY things went well during the interview, however…… Do you hear a BUT coming??? Of course there’s a BUT coming…. BUT I choked on a couple of areas and I was supremely off-guard. Get a load of this: I went blank when asked what my strengths were. OH YES I DID. I practiced this one and still went blank. I had notes and still went blank. S.I.G.H….. Here’s my short list:
I multi-task effectively, I do my best work under a deadline, I work independently & require little supervision, I am calm in stressful situations (except job interviews, apparently), I make an effort to be open & approachable to others, I place great value on honesty & teamwork, I set & maintain healthy boundaries in my professional (and personal) life, I utilize resources appropriately-keeping an eye on cost/benefit, I am loyal & dependable without being labrador-ish….That’s the short list! Oh well. I hope they were able to see what I was unable to say. The whole thing resulted in an hour-long hot flash, which brings me to my next category of “stuff” I’d like to share.
Dressing for an interview:
Wear elastic-waist pants to keep from walking around with your fly open. No, not grandma elastic or sweats. Church elastic please.
Wear comfortable shoes, NOT something you aren’t accustomed to.
Wear a jacket/sweater to cover up tell-tale sweating (yes, even if you swelter–don’t faint)
Wear waterproof mascara. If you talk honestly about something you’re passionate about, you may tear up (Oh yes I did-twice)
Try to get into the room FIRST (not last) and spit out your gum BEFORE everyone else enters, so they don’t hear it sound like a golf ball when it hits the bottom of the can. I didn’t & it did.
Ah, human nature and my learning curve. Tom Petty said it best–The Waiting is The Hardest Part!