The Interview Affair

Friday, February 18, 2011
Well, the verdict is in. I did not get the job. They did not check my references. It took less than a week for them to let me know. Normally, that could be a big blow to ego, wreak havoc with my self esteem, and have me adding the pizza guy to the speed dial in a matter of minutes. However, I’m surprisingly calm.

Am I bummed? Sure, but not for the reasons you might think. Let’s be honest: I wasn’t completely sold on the job in the first place. I think, more than anything, it offered an escape from the current job more than it offered a great opportunity for advancement. My desire to “escape” was stronger than my yearning for this particular career move. Don’t doubt though that I gave it my all during the interview; I certainly did. I prepared more than I’ve prepared for most interviews in my life. It was not meant to be and I’m good with that.

I made sure to ask if there was anything I needed to improve on, a particular area where I fell short. The HR rep told me that No, I had a wonderful interview and they really liked me – very personable, outgoing, great qualifications, scored high in the interview. However, the person they offered the position to had “more experience in their specific area”. To me, that only means one thing: internal candidate. I can’t feel bad about that at all. It’s not because I didn’t wow them or that I wasn’t qualified. It sounds like they probably already had someone in mind when they posted the position but had to go through the formal steps. Sure, it’s annoying and seems like a waste of their time and mine but I shall look at it as a learning experience. It helped me get back in the groove for the whole job search experience. I’ve had to revamp my resume, perfect my cover letter, and practice my interviewing skills. How can that be a failure?

There is something bigger and better waiting for me out there. I just hope it comes sooner rather than later.


Wandering Coyote said...

Yeah, these internal hires can be so ridiculous at times, not only because of the wasting of time factor, but because it can get one's hopes up. You have a great attitude about the whole thing, too; you got great positive feedback about your interview and that is a HUGE confidence booster! So go you! Your time will come!

27thstreet said...

It's been my experience that sometimes there are two or three excellent candidates for any job, and yet only a single position. The way I look at interviews is that each one teaches you a little something, sometimes about yourself, and sometimes about what you really want. It never hurts to put yourself forward and try. Your feedback was excellent and the people who interviewed you will remember that.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's good that you can look upon this as good practice, because it is.

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