Re-learning the art of the interview (read – I suck at interviews)

It’s time to find a boss again

I’ve decided to head back to my old career, so have been applying for jobs once again. What this means for my business, I’m not too sure. It can operate without me, but I suspect that the performance of the business will head south with me not being present on a regular basis.

I have the business up for sale anyway, so I’m not too worried about what happens to it. What I am worried about are my pitiful interview skills.

An accurate representation of my recent interview

Once upon a time, back when I was an employee, I used to be an absolute pro at interviews. It was rare that I wasn’t offered a job after completing the interview. But wow… how times have changed.

Once upon a time I would:

  • Research the company extensively to understand their direction, recent achievements, standards of practice etc.
  • Understand all requirements of the role and breadth of responsibilities.
  • Have prepared answers for the standard suite of questions and any position specific questions that I was able to anticipate.
  • Have a list of questions to ask about the company and role.
  • Know the names and positions of the people interviewing me.
    and so on.

I was always prepared, and would walk into the interview with the attitude that I already had the position. This may sound arrogant, but by acting this confident I never felt nervous.

So what happened?

I suppose it’s a lack of practice. If I total it up, it would be almost 6 years since I actually interviewed for a position. And when you’re self employed the idea of interviewing for a position sounds like hell.

I interviewed for a position early last week, and while I was well and truly qualified for the position I made some absolute blunders during the conversation.

Egg and my face were in alignment
  • I mentioned aspects of employment that I didn’t enjoy.
  • I actually swore… (facepalm…)
  • I went off on tangents rather than sticking to the topic at hand.
  • I spoke too much about my experience that was well beyond the level of responsibility of the role.

Needless to say, I could have done a lot better in this interview however I still have hopes that I am offered the role. The position, while not overly challenging, will be fun and it will allow my wife and I to move back to our home town of Adelaide.

So now it’s the waiting game, which is the worst part of interviews. Everything is an unknown until you get the call that lets you know the outcome.

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