I had the nicest interview today. I was a nervous rambling wreck of course. My interviewer was kind and supportive. The vibe in the office was positive and comforting. But no amount of kindness I am afraid could reverse the jittering blob of nerves that I had become.
None of the prep work, practice interviewing, and pep talking seems to have the power to reverse the trajectory of the flaming ball of interview failure that I can become when faced with an interview. I am the proverbial deer caught in headlights. It’s a shame really because I think I have a lot to offer. In fact I am like an office super-hero. I will give 2000% and work my fingers to the bone. I am passionate and positive and gosh darn it people like me.
But do I say any of this in an interview? Do I wow them with my years of experience and project management skills? Do I bewitch them with my creativity and ideas? Do I woo them with my experience? No, no, no and no.
I think those of is saddled with this affliction should get special dispensation. Should we pass the “Oh my you ARE the worst interview ever!” test then we should be enrolled in the “Employee Test Drive” program. As part of this program potential employers skip the interview process and instead have the potential employee do the job for a month.Test Drive pays the employee for the trial month and is then reimbursed, plus a small finders fee for those that are hired. If after the month the employer is not pleased the relationship ends. No harm, no foul.
I might have to launch this one myself. Who better to run this than the poster child for the affliction?