MILLEDGEVILLE — I have spent so many years being on the other side of the table. I couldn't tell you just how many interviews I've coordinated and sat through. A lot. Those days are now over. I no longer have the desire to be on that side again. The benefit of having had that experience also helped me to go into the interview calm and collected. I arrived at the interview thinking that I was the only one. I was wrong. It was like a little cattle call. There were six others vying for the same position. It honestly didn't faze me. I went in thinking, if it was meant to be, it would be.
I was just myself. No bells and whistles. I was engaged and engaging. I used some of the skills I learned from conducting interviews but now on the other side of the desk. I looked at the interviewer and saw him as a regular person. He wasn't just some suit behind a desk. I asked him about his experiences with the company and was sure not to give stock answers. When I was asked questions I didn't just say what I thought he wanted to hear. After all, if I got the job it'd have to be my truth. If I fabricated anything at the start I'd have to live a lie.
After the interview I went for some retail therapy. Just a little. I didn't forget that I was still unemployed. Although I knew that they'd likely need to fill the position as soon as possible, I didn't expect to get a call. Sure, I thought I did well in the interview and went above and beyond by doing some quick research about the company beforehand. However, I also knew that doing well doesn't mean you're the person that will best fit that organization. Once the interview was over my mind had moved past it and was thinking of the upcoming interview with the company I wanted to work for.