I’d taken a small break searching for online jobs after I’d been scammed by the IAPWE. About two weeks ago, I started searching again on Indeed (I won’t do Craigslist anymore because I almost got a virus once and Craigslist is what led me to the IAPWE) I got an interview within a few days via phone. I don’t have much experience with interviews as it is, but I’d never done one before on the phone. How hard could it be?
I thought it would be easy; maybe even easier than interviews done in person, but just in case, I asked my brother how I should handle it ( he’s done phone interviews before.) He basically told me to think of all the possible questions the employer might ask me. Easy enough.
My phone interview would commence when I was ready because apparently it was going to be with a recording. I thought of all the questions I might be asked and then I went and shut myself in my room for peace and quiet for my interview. (I have a very loud house) At first, the recording asked me simple questions about my ability to work with others and past problems I’d solved before while working. Everything was going great. I sounded confident and capable until the recording asked me about how many previous jobs I’d had and questions about what I did when I worked at said job, that I started to stutter and add ‘um’ before just about every sentence.
When my ten minute interview was over, I came out of my solitary room with a glum face. I knew that I hadn’t done so good. I thought I had thought of all the questions the recording would possibly ask me but I didn’t think of the many work experience questions I was most likely going to be asked. (I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that. Of course a job’s going to ask me many questions about my previous jobs!)
I knew that part of the reason I hadn’t done so good in my interview was because I don’t have very much work experience but I also know that as soon as I lost my confidence, the ‘uhs’ and the ‘ums’ took over my speech and I started doing bad. I’m not too into the thought of having to do another phone interview again, but if I do, I’m going to remember that confidence is key — it’s something I’m not very good at but it’s key! And the secret weapon in interviews.