Thinking You Nailed an Interview

“So, how’d it go?”

“Great! The phone should ring any second. They’re definitely going to hire me!”

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Thinking you did really well in an interview is all fine and dandy. But when you don’t get the job, it truly sucks. And it makes you feel worse than if you had originally though, “Damn, that sucked. I guess I’m not getting that job.”

You know what I’m talking about. You got there early. Perhaps too early? Nevertheless, you were early…meaning you were perfectly on time in your mind. You were wearing some of your best clothes. Some jobs don’t really require business wear, but to say the least, you had on your best shirt, slacks, and black shoes. You made sure your hair was done (perfectly, might I add). And you walked out of the door, avoiding your fur-infested pet as you left for your interview.

Looks a little stressed...doesn't he?

Interviews are extreme stress-inducers. Some questions the interviewers ask are really off-the-wall…questions you would never expect. Here are my all-time favorites:

1) What’s your favorite movie and why?

2) Who do you admire most, and why?

3) If you could spend the day with any famous person, who would it be and what would you do?

4) What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

5) If you could be a fictional person, who would it be and why?

I personally think these questions amp up the stress level of an interview. You may be doing fine…nailing every question. And if you get one of these, your world comes tumbling down. Luckily, I’ve been able to manage these questions fairly well in the past.

So, you leave your interview after a quick, firm handshake as you bid your interviewer farewell and thanks. And you are 99.9% sure you got the job.

Firm, eh? johnlund.com

Its especially terrible for the jobs that tell you that they will call you by a certain time/day. For example, I went to an interview recently, and they told me, “If you don’t get a call by 5:00pm, you didn’t get the job.”

I walked out of that interview feeling like a million billion bucks. I knew I didn’t even have to worry about waiting for that call. I was sure it was coming.

And as 4:30pm rolled around…I got suspicious. By the time it was 4:59pm, I had given up hope.

What a shame! I had thought at the time. I had done so well! Note: These thoughts are the nice version of what I was actually thinking.

And to top it off, I got stuck in traffic for 2 hours on the way home. What a great waste of time.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again because it truly is an important fact: Unemployment rates are higher than ever. Nearly 10% of the United States is unemployed.

What’s truly unfortunate is that college graduates are going to have a hard time finding a job in a situation like this. Because, once people do start hiring, there will be experienced, seasoned workers who had been laid off ready to rejoin the ranks. And most employers, as it seems, are looking for the experience.

Oh, IKEA.

Its a sad thought, which is why this post is here. Truthfully, it is an awful, AWFUL feeling to think you did well at something, only to find out that you failed. You start to question yourself. Where did it go wrong? What did I do? What could I have done better?

Don’t take it out on yourself. It’s not worth it. Trust me. Sitting in traffic for 2 hours gave me a lot of time to think about the situation, and I realized there’s no point in getting bent out of shape over an interview. Keep your head held high, and try again. That’s all you can do.

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