Well…that is exactly what happened to me 🤔.
I prepared, researched the company and spoke with colleagues, yet I still didn’t deliver. It seemed that my entire mind went blank and the words coming out of my mouth were plain jibberish. In that moment, it feels like the whole world is crashing down on your shoulders and this one experience is the end of your career. You make sure to let everyone know that you will never do another interview!
I’m sure many of you can understand and share similar experiences where you attended a interview that turned out badly. Not because you didn’t try or care, but because stress and anxiety got the best of you. Let’s be honest, interviews are downright hard and can be so nerve wracking.
As someone who has interviewed tons of people myself, I know first hand how difficult and uncomfortable they can be. People want to do well, give good answers and impress the hiring committee. But, as with all things in life, things don’t always go as planned. When I lead interviews, I take this into consideration because I understand that a stellar interview candidate can be a nightmare to work with! LOL!
So, if you’re currently on a job hunt looking for your next gig, don’t be discouraged if things don’t go as planned the first time (or more). Know that when the right position shows up, you will be ready. Take the time you have now to look at what you can do to improve. Do you need to head back to school? How about polishing up your speaking skills? Or even learning more about your chosen field and building your network? Volunteering?
Utilize the job hunt for more than landing a new gig and strengthen your skill set. The position you desire could be right around the corner!