I wasn't that disappointed. If I'd gotten the job a number of bigger questions would come up - it was a good job, but it wasn't The Job and I've sent several applications in the past two weeks to jobs that were much closer to The Job. It was going to be a puzzle if I'd been successful, and frankly, I'm kind of glad I don't have to figure it out.
I never know what to say when they call and tell you didn't get the job. This time I said "That's fantastic [is it? really?], thanks so much! [my enthusiasm will make you change your mind]" which I think was probably a bit awkward.
I was thinking of Job Search 1.0 and Job Search 2.0 and I remembered this blog post (below) and when I searched the archives to see if it held up I realised that while nearly two years has gone by, how I prepare for a job interview hasn't change one iota. The post held up (well, I think so) so I've reposted it below.
Today I had an interview for a job because of this blog. And so now, I must bow to you, blog, and to you, bloggers, for letting this little space on the internet be a place that causes me so much joy that I can't help but blog every day. No seriously, thank you. I adore you, blog, and each one of you. If I could get a puppy to give you a kiss right now I would. THAT is how much I love you.
With that in mind, I thought I'd show my gratitude the only way I know how, which is to impart a bit advice I've learned from my panic attacks over job interviews. Let thee not panic in case a job interview falls in your lap. Just follow this step by step process.
- Sit on your bed and contemplate how this happened to you. That's right, remind yourself why you deserve to have a job interview - which is because you're awesome. As if that needs explaining.
- Research the organisation's mission and history. You know to find out what they do.
- Read it about 12 times.
- Convince yourself you have no idea what they do or how they do it.
- Assume that sometime in the interview you'll have a major epiphany and the reading you've done will come out of your month in your own words.
- Write questions for when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions.
- Write back up questions for your questions because chances are they'll answer the question you so cleverly wrote.
- Remind yourself of your "biggest weakness" and remember to turn it into your biggest asset.
- Take a shower.
- Ahhh, hot water.
- Iron your foxy interview outfit.
- Hold it up and realise that you've somehow added MORE wrinkles. Curse.
- Re-iron shirt.
- Realise that you keep making it worse.
- Iron skirt.
- Be slightly more successful in skirt de-wrinkling objective (this is good start throwing around words like 'horizontal integration' and 'key objectives')
- Leave for interview so that you arrive one-hour early to your destination.
- Find the building you're going to while nonchalantly walking past, you know in case they're watching you.
- Find a Hudson's or Gloria Jean's coffee shop.
- Order a soy chai latte.
- Check watch.
- Burn your tongue.
- Re-read your notes, realise that your hand writing is an abomination.
- Freak out that you have no idea what you're doing or why your doing it.
- Worry that you have soy foam on your nose.
- Check watch again.
- Notice that you're 'freshly' ironed shirt is wrinkled.
- Wish you took home-ec so that you learned how to iron.
- Check your watch again.
- Tell yourself to man up, and walk to the building where the interview will be held.