I have a job interview later today. I am nervous as hell.
First let me say that I am aware that my self-esteem is not at 100%. Who’s ever is? My problem is this: No matter how damn positive and confident I present myself, I have a lot of trouble “selling” myself. I have read many books about how to win job interviews, handle tough questions, and so on. While I have learned a great deal by reading these, I still have never learned how to make the employer think, “Hmmm this guys gooood. I want to give him a shot here at our company.”
The above is one of the major reasons I have been having difficulty getting a new job. All I ever can do is be honest, positive, and open minded as I possibly can. I don’t know how to show Mr. Bossman or Ms. Bosslady, that I
(a) want the job
(b) can do the job
(c) am reliable
etcetera… BEFORE they hire me. I just don’t understand the logic behind this. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. I can tell you how damn good I did at ACME Co. and how I never was late or missed any work, and how I got along with everyone at work, blah blah blah. That doesn’t mean squat. I think YODA said it best when he said: “There is no try, only do or do not”
So give me a freakin chance to DO or DO NOT. Employers are ass backwards. Would you sink 30K into a new vehicle based solely on the vehicles reputation and the salesman’s pitch, without even taking the car for a test drive? I think not! I fail to see the difference in hiring a person. Why should Mr. Bossman sink 30K @ year into me based solely on my reputation and work ethic, without giving me a “test drive?”
I know some of you are probably thinking: "The interview is the test drive. How so? How does me sitting here telling Mr Bossman how good my work ethic is, prove to Mr. Bossman that I can (example) package 5,000 products in eight hours, or even do better? It doesn’t. Attitude and incentive only go so far.
Maybe I am the one who is in error, maybe not. I know the job market hiring process has changed greatly over the last 20 years or so. I remember when a person only had to have ONE interview at a given co. intead of (now) two or three.
I remember when employers would give you a “test drive” by hiring you and seeing how you do for a week or so, before taking you on permanently.
My last job had one such boss. He was the best damn boss I ever had. He took me on for a day to see how I would perform, and how I myself, liked the job. It worked out great and I then had a job that I loved. Unfortunately, I lost that job, not of my own accord, and due to circumstances which were beyond my boss’s control.
What is your opinion/feelings of all the above?
Well, there’s my rant for the day. Wish me luck. I’m going to do my best to win the interview, let’s pray I get the job.