This week, I went for my first interview in 3y. I’ve been on mat leave watching CBB and singing ‘Row, Row, Row your boat’ for the past 4 months. Needless to say that my brains have turned into mush!
Took me a week (between naps, poo explosions & trips to the park) trying to remember situations when I demonstrated the skills I though they wanted. The day before the big day I felt as prepared as I could be: CV ✅ spare pen ✅ breast pads ✅
On the day, I woke up tired (thanks B. for keeping me up all night!), dropped off the girls to nursery, worried about how they’d cope, and went to work. Once there, I realised I’d left my mojo at home (or maybe in the delivery suite). I sat on the chair ready to open my notebook full of all the great answers I prepared, but as soon as I got asked the 1st question, the bloody baby brain kicked in! I couldn’t remember any examples (or that they were right in front of me), could barely string a sentence together, 1/2 way through an answer forgot what the question was and to conclude I did a nervous over the top laugh… Cringeworthy!
I doubt I’ll get the job (who knows, maybe they saw past my nonsense) but I don’t care, it was a good experience & I’m happy I went for it.
If you haven’t had an interview or been out of work for a while, your 1st interview will be shit and you’ll come home thinking about all the stuff you should have said, have a good cry and spend the next week checking your phone for your rejection email. So yeah, you’re gonna feel like crap, but pick yourself up and think of the positives!
- Be proud of yourself for pushing yourself and giving it a go.
- You know what you did wrong. Next time, you’ll get a good night sleep, give yourself a big confidence boost & look at your notes!
- All the examples you’ve prepared are still relevant & you WILL use them.
- Now you know the questions. Don’t keep thinking about what you should have said, just write it down!
- Get some feedback & take it as an opportunity to improve or to think about what is the right job for you.
So fuck it! If you don’t try you don’t get & if you don’t fail you don’t improve.