It was funny because my assigned mentor had done a lot to protect my confidence.
“Don’t worry if you don’t get shortlisted, jobs at that level have a lot of applicants.”
Soon after I got shortlisted.
“Don’t worry if you don’t get the job, you did really well to get that far and you can develop what you did for next time.”
I got the job.
I know my mentor didn’t actually mean anything by it. If I had a lower level of self-esteem I might have interpreted that as her saying I wasn’t good enough.
But I realised she was saying it to protect my confidence so that if I failed I wouldn’t let it discourage me.
But as I always think – I can and I will watch me.
And if they weren’t watching me, they certainly are now….