I’m going to start this one with an update: My cold/sudden onset crud has resulted in complete loss of my voice. I am EPICALLY MUTE at this point in time. When I attempt to speak, air flows through my vocal cords and nothing comes out. It’s odd for my vocal parts to be abnormal; I’ve never completely lost my voice before. Hmmm…. Yes, I’m getting it checked.
Also, I found out I did not get the job I interviewed for. Really, I’m confident they made the choice best suited for the position and (after the initial surprise of NOT being selected) I felt a little relieved. Part of my desire to have the job stemmed from the opportunity to work with/learn from a particular person whom I admire professionally. Well, as I learned about not getting the job, I also discovered this person will be moving on to another professional opportunity. Yay! for her and Boo! for us. It’s crazy how things work out sometimes. It reaffirms my belief: Be open to the possibilities around us and situations will unfold as they are intended. Make sure we are not a source of resistance in our own lives. After saying that, I will move on to the real purpose of my post. I would like to objectively critique my interview, in retrospect, so I can improve professionally. How objective can I be about myself?? Guess I’m going to find out!
Here I go:
*I choked on a couple of key questions–which I had rehearsed! I covered this in a previous post, so I won’t beat that horse again. Lesson? Don’t blow the easy stuff.
*I anticipated the interview questions to take a different approach (not sure why) and felt off-kilter as it progressed. I believe my life and professional history appeared disjointed, over-busy and disorganized when that is not the case. Lesson?? Had I properly summarized and directed the process, that would have been more readily apparent.
*We had some technical difficulties, which always happens, and my presentation had to be done in reverse. I did not take full advantage and did not present my material as well as I would like. Lesson?? Prepare more for the unexpected.
*I think I may have shared more of my personal self than they were interested in. This blog, my second job which I love, how I felt about certain topics that came up–Maybe, maybe not. I think it’s important to know a team member’s heart and get a feel for the core person inside the skin. Not sure what changes I would make on this one but I think it was a factor.
*I did not have many questions prepared for them regarding the position. I THOUGHT I did going in, but compared to the volume of questions I received, my list was pretty short and mostly answered during the interview process.
The whole thing has been a great opportunity for growth and I now know some great professionals a little better. I’ll be staying in my current position, which I’m so fortunate to have, and feel it was designed especially for me. I am happy with my attempt to reach out and test the waters, however I’m also very happy to stay home!