I’m airing my dirty laundry.
Within the first ten minutes of my interview I was told “we already hired – sorry, interviewed – the other candidate.” My interviewer didn’t mean to slip up, but I didn’t get the job.
And now I’m hurt. It’s not because the interviewer wasn’t kind or that I didn’t get the job but because I felt like I wasn’t good enough. In retrospect I didn’t have a chance from the start, but I spent so much time analyzing what I did wrong (there’s always room for improvement) that I regrettably drove myself a little mental. I’m sure you’ve been there.
It’s true that I could have passed on the whole ordeal with the same outcome, and definitely saved myself the stress. But I learned something in the process, so I’m at least a little grateful to my interviewer and that company.
I spent a whole day researching interview questions, techniques, the insurance industry, and I learned how to make a portfolio (they’re not just for artsy gigs) which impressed the shit out my audience.
So that overall technical failure – which I really had no control over – was actually a collection of career tips, experience, and life lessons in disguise. But more on the life lessons another day, because I have a whole spiel about that for you.
Have you ever had a train wreck of an interview? Let’s grieve together. Share it down below 🙂