State of the Unemployed Union

Pre-Interview Panic Attack

April 26, 2010
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I have my second interview of this year tomorrow afternoon. Yes, you read that right. Just my second interview of 2010. And I am kinda wigging out.

The telephone interview that I had with the HR Rep for this company on Friday went amazingly well, as far as screening interviews go. We talked about my resume, my recent foray into temping, and what I have been doing for the past one-and-one-half years since my last full time job. We bonded. We laughed. We discovered common ground in that I have actually worked in tandem with this company in past employment. I felt really good after this call.

This morning I received a call from a staffing agency that I recently temped for about a sure-fire permanent position with a decent hourly wage. The hiring company wanted someone who would immediately commit to a permanent position. I told her about the interview that I had already scheduled for tomorrow. The staffing agency rep decided not to pitch me for this sure-fire job because I am not really ready to commit to a company whose industry I am not familiar with. I have nine years of experience in the industry of the company that I am to meet with. And at this point I want the freedom to interview.

I received an email from the HR Rep of The Company this afternoon containing the itinerary for the interview and the job application that I will bring completed to the interview. I will be meeting with three different people tomorrow. The Branch Manager, the Branch Administrator, and the HR Rep. This meeting could take up to two hours.

I am in full panic mode right now. I have done, survived, and even secured employment after panel interviews. This concept is not new to me. But I am all manner of hyped up about this meeting. Am I good enough to work for this company? Competition is tight right now. I will be up against candidates who have college degrees, more years of experience, and securities licensing. I could also be up against candidates who happen to have friends within the organization. How do I have any chance against that? Add to that – did I just pass up the perfect opportunity from the staffing agency? Have I set myself up for failure? I am going to hate myself if The Company doesn’t hire me and I had lost another opportunity for a job that I would certainly get.

My mind has been racing since opening that email. It has been on auto-pilot cruising through my past experiences, my skills, my strengths, my weaknesses, my personality, etc. It has been rehearsing my end of the interview that has not even happened yet over and over and over again. And it will not stop. I will definitely require a sleep aid tonight.

One thing I can do at this moment is remind myself to breathe. In through the nose. Out through the mouth. Another thing I can do is to remind myself that I am good at what I do. I am an Assistant Extraordinnaire. I have built solid relationships with past managers and they each have agreed to serve as references. I have built great rapport with clients in past jobs. In fact, I have never had a complaint lodged by a client. Not once in ten years. That’s a pretty tasty treat for my mind to munch on.

I have also taken on greater responsibility with each position I have held. I have stretched myself to learn things that I didn’t think I could learn. I have helped bring a company back into legal compliance after someone did something illegal. I helped close that company, too. I have a keen understanding of business. I think like a business owner and use those thought processes in order to anticipate the needs of the owner/manager.

I have even written a business plan for a teen nightclub for my local area. I couldn’t get the money together to make the club a reality, but I did do all of the research necessary to put a complete business plan together. I researched property, vendors, costs, employment law. And I did it on my own.

I have been working on a novel for the past two years. It is a fantasy based on my deceased sister. It is not nearly finished because I want it to be the perfect tribute to her. But I am confident that it will be wildly popular when it is finished.

I am talented. I am self-educated. I have confidence in my abilities. I know with every fiber of my being that I would be a successful addition to The Company that I am meeting with tomorrow. And I know that this interview will be perfect.