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The black hole known as ‘Interviews’

By Liz Lezama
On February 7, 2013

 

Interview jitters arise from a myriad of things, all of them leading to the biggest interview concern of all - will I get the position? So many things go through my mind leading up to an interview.

What will I wear, and how will that translate to the person breaking me down into categories that will determine my future or non-future with the company? Will they be analyzing every move I make? Should I stop cracking my knuckles when I’m nervous? What is my body language telling them? Can they read my mind just by looking at me? Can they tell what a failure I will be at the job before I even open my mouth to speak?

Sometimes I think that the people interviewing are not human. They must have superhuman abilities to be able to tell if I will be the perfect candidate for the job or the perfect candidate for a rejection in a matter of five to fifteen minutes.

Now, here’s a question: what about phone interviews? I think I just fell into a black hole. Everything mentioned above is now void. There is no physical interaction with the person who is deciding your future in a phone interview. Does that make matters better or worse? I’m conflicted. On the one hand, I feel more confident in my words when I don’t have someone staring into my soul and rooting for my failure.

On the other hand, I feel more confident; perhaps too confident? Sometimes I feel that phone interviews are just a ploy for employers to make you forget you are interviewing, filling the conversations with “ums”, “yeahs”, and “likes”.

The fact that I am most likely sitting on a bed or chair, lounging in sweats and talking on my cellphone changes the atmosphere of the interview. The interview becomes laid back and less stressful. Don’t forget whom you are talking to, though, or you might make the grave mistake of thinking you are talking to a friend.

Now you have to deal with the grueling wait that comes after an interview. Reflecting time. Not only is there pre-interview thinking but there is also post-interview thinking.

What kind of an impression did I leave? Did I stand out from the crowd? How many trick questions were actually asked in that ten-minute time span. Maybe they’re hoping that the interviewees go crazy between the time they interview and the time they offer the position, that way they fail at any other interviews they may have and are scarred for life.

Wouldn’t it be helpful if they just told you what they wanted to hear? No, too much competition. Wouldn’t it be helpful if they just told me what they wanted to hear? Wishful thinking, I know.

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