I arrive 45 minutes early. I sip a drink to keep my throat moist in preparation for all the talking I was about to do.
I fumble through the notes ready for the interview.. I set myself the goal of getting a new job. I wanted this, firstly for my own professional development and because of personal struggles in my current job which made me realise I needed to move on.
How I prepared for my interview
I had thought carefully about the whole application process, looking at the job description and the person specification to try and devise what questions would be asked. I then reflected on how my own experiences met these questions.
During the last three nights I had dedicated my time to thinking this through. Now with 30 minutes till the interview I realised I had probably done enough and that I was better to mentally and physically prepare.
I looked at my reflection in a shop window, readjusted my suit, tidied my hair and practiced my body language – altering my posture so that I was stood up straight, walked with confidence and maintained eye contact.
I treated preparing for the interview, like I would for a race, I loosened myself up and listened to a motivational video I had ripped from Youtube. This pumped me up as I walked to the venue. I was ready to dominate the interview as I made one thing clear – I was the man for the job.
Before I arrived I walked past a card shop, which sold postcards with motivational sayings on them.
One stood out. It said:
I CAN AND I WILL. WATCH ME.
I purchased the card and placed it in my interview folder to read over while I waited to be called in. I repeated the words over and over. Until I was saying
“I can (do this job) and I will (have this job). Watch me (show why you’ll want me to have this job).”
At the interview
When I arrived, I was informed there was a test. This information had not been revealed on the invite letter, but I didn’t care, I did not fear a a small test.
And perhaps this attitude helped; as I stormed it and I knew it at the interview as I explained why I answered the way I did. The panel looked impressed. My confidence was high, I could do anything.
For the rest of the interview I answered each question to the best of my ability. I could have been more concise, but I take the view that too much information is better than not enough information.
The interview flew by and on my way out I made small talk with one of the interview panel as he showed me out. I like to do that because it essentially is a final chance to show that I am someone who can fit into the team and that I am not socially awkward.
It was Friday, so I knew there would be a long weekend till I got a response. On Monday I heard nothing, so I assumed it was back to the drawing board. This was not my first rejection and would not be my last, I just needed to apply for other jobs.
You can’t help thinking where it went wrong. So by Tuesday I was kicking myself about how I could have answered questions better. One in particular answer I gave was crap and I knew the panel probably thought it was bullshit.
It got to 2pm and still no call, as what employer calls a successful candidate so late?
I stuffed myself with food to make me feel better, so when I got a call 10 minutes later I felt a little sick.
“we we’re wondering if you were still interested in the job….”
The news nearly made me puke with excitement. I was shocked but I accepted it.
This was an emotional moment, I had been trying to better myself at work since 2004 and had finally got up the next step. I didn’t quite believe I had been offered the job until I got another call asking for references.
I would be starting my job in January. I thought nobody starts a new job in January, as employers are focused on the holiday season. But it was true, I was living the cliché, “New Year, New Start”
Now I look at that motivational card, that sits above my desk and smile.
I can and I will. Watch me…….