Have you ever just completely blanked out?
When you see someone you know... and have known forever, and all of a sudden you can't remember their name?
Or on a test... you KNOW you know the question, but for the life of you, you can't remember what the answer is?
Well yesterday, I had an interview with a Pharmacy school and as they asked me questions I did pretty well... up until the very last one.
It was a question that involved the word integrity... and I totally blanked.
I KNOW I know what integrity means, but at that moment in time I couldn't for the life of me think of the definition and how to use the word. So I babbled.
And you know when you start babbling, and then start realizing in your head you're making no sense? But at that point it's too late to start over, because let's face it: You're committed. So you just quickly try to figure out a way to end your little nonsense spiel before it gets too out of control.
Yeahhhh.. that's how my interview ended yesterday.
I'm so embarrassed.
In interview settings I get so nervous, I don't like the unexpected. I know I can answer most things they throw my way, but it's the whole concept of not being prepared for what they throw at me that terrifies me. You have to be so quick on your feet. Those cliche interview questions always throw me, like "what is your biggest regret and why?" You have to run through your life in a matter of seconds and find your example. It's brutal. And SO draining. You have to avoid saying "ummmm," while you're trying to think your way through your answer. I feel like my mind got a serious workout in that little room for 30 minutes.
I know mastering interviews is an art. And I look at it as, this interview just makes me more prepared for those I may have in the future. But I'll tell you one thing, I will NEVER forget what integrity means again. EVER. ;)
Do you have any interview disaster stories?
Or are you an interview pro who has some great tips?
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