Can this job interview be saved?
March 12, 2008 3:09 PM Subscribe
Is there anything I can do to salvage this disastrous job interview? If not, can you help me to stop beating myself up?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
So I had a job interview yesterday. I went into it thinking, based on the somewhat misleading job posting, that it would involve lots of client contact, and it turned out that it involves lots of research and policy making--my absolute dream job, a job I never would have thought I'd have a shot at, a job I would kill to have. But this was only revealed during the course of the interview, after I had already expressed enthusiasm for the type of job that I (wrongly) thought it was, and as a consequence of my misunderstanding I went into the interview wholly unprepared. Adding to the trainwreck, I am coming down with a cold and only got about three hours of sleep the night before due to my dog insanely leaping to her feet in a fit of barking every 20 minutes all night long. It's too painful to recount the details of this disaster, but please take my word for it: I profoundly sucked. On all conceivable levels.
The worst thing is that I think I might possibly have had a real shot at getting this job if only I had known ahead of time what it was really about and had gotten a little sleep. I feel like I just discovered that I accidentally threw away a winning lottery ticket. It would have completely altered the course of my career. If I had accurately presented my qualifications and then not gotten the job, then, fine--I'm underqualified. But as it is, I feel like the whole thing was one big miscommunication, and I can't stop kicking myself.
This was just the screening interview; they're doing callbacks for a committee interview in several weeks. I've sent my thank-you notes and now I have to wait. I don't think there is anything I can do at this point. I didn't mention the cold/lack of sleep issue at the time because that just sounds lame--I've done hiring and that kind of excuse making would only worsen someone's chances with me. But I can't rest until I ask the hive mind the following questions:
1) Is there anything else I can do to salvage this situation?
2) If not, what are some things I can do/tell myself to stop this self-flagellation?
3) Have you ever completely bombed an interview for an important job (i.e., not at Arby's but rather for a high-level professional position) and still gotten an offer?
Anonymous because I'm keeping my job search on the DL.