nerves

Skills Test after a Job Interview

Additional phases after the first interview, before getting a chance for a second interview

Practice Exam Phase of a Job Interview

I know not a lot of job interviews have a practice exam phase – or at least in my case, a video practice exam phase. As I have stated before, I have applied for a video editor position three/four weeks ago and right now, I’m in that practice phase where they want to test my skills. For a while I thought I did pretty well. I was trying not to do this but, I was already falling in love with the company and the job itself, which I know I shouldn’t since that just keeps my hopes up. I still have a 50-50 chance of getting (or not getting) the job and out of the four job interviews I have had since I got my Employment Authorization Card and Conditional Residency Card, this has been the closest I’ve been when it comes to landing a job.

Nerves are setting in and I already feel that dreaded sense of I-wished-I-had-done-an-effin-better-job. Like, I could have deleted that first sequence where all the videos were a mess. I should have deleted the grouped videos on my second sequence where it also looks like a mess.

It’s too late now, and here’s hoping I did well enough to pass their qualifications.

Second job interview was interesting

Had my second interview today,and I had a more optimistic attitude

Do the dance

Getting more comfortable with interviews after failed job interviews

Let me do a happy dance!

After an interview for a video editing job position today, I felt much better. I finally felt that feeling that I didn’t feel when I did my previous interview where I had so much regret that I didn’t do well with my answers. With this recent interview, I felt at ease and comfortable enough to express all my answers in all honesty, in a professional way of course.

It wasn’t just mental preparation. I wanted to feel good in my clothes and make up. Again, with my previous interview, my make-up was running and it made me so uncomfortable that I do think it added to my nerves and my physical presentation. And so I asked my husband to just let me buy some stuff (make up and hair products) so that I would at least look professional enough. I had a blazer on, a cute white top to match with it, black slacks and nude heels, with simple make up and flat-ironed hair. I did keep my dragonfly earrings on instead of putting the pearls because I didn’t want to be too corporate because I did have a feeling that it was going to be a casual work office.

The company I had my interview with is a small company which mainly deals with post-production. The fact that they were casual and laid-back made me comfortable conversing with them, instead of sounding like a robot with every answer I say. The interview process was short, direct, casual. Before it started, I was talking to one of them and it kind of broke the ice because we talked about something in common: immigration process. After that chat, I had three people interviewing me (which was a first for me because I’ve had a one-on-one interviews or a panel interview with one interviewer asking at least three applicants questions related to the job.) It was scary at first because I have to say an answer which will satisfy all three interviewers.

I would have to say, prepping for an interview and making sure your clothes and make up, does help in making you feel at ease and less nervous. The only time I got nervous was when I stepped into the office and everyone was looking, and when my hair tie got loose and so my hair was just annoyingly hanging on the left side of my face, with which I had to remove my hair tie and continue answering their questions with my hair down (which I hope did not get me any bad point), and I didn’t realize I was fiddling with the hair tie that it fell on the floor which cut off my speech and I had to pick it up form the floor (which I am hoping I don’t get any bad point for that too.)

I didn’t forget to send a thank you note, and I heard back from them a few hours afterwards saying they’ll let me know by next week, that is if I get to do the next part of the hiring process or if everything I said during the interview wasn’t enough.

Fingers crossed, I really do hope I hear back from them again.