Thursday, February 08, 2007

What's your biggest weakness?


So I had the interview.

I really don't know how it went. In my opinion, I'm not good at interviewing, yet I've managed to get almost every job I've ever applied for, ESPECIALLY the ones I was recommended for.

But I still get nervous and I start stammering, even though I've read a thousand of those "How to Ace Every Interview" articles that are floating around the internet. I guess I just need more practice.

Oh! I didn't tell you the worst part! I brought my portfolio with me, with ALL the writing I've ever done catalogued in chronological order. So the interviewer looks at it, and actually READS WHAT I'VE WRITTEN. I've never had anyone who was in a position to give me a job actually read my stuff while I'm sitting there.

I had just gotten to the point where I was secure with myself and I didn't question that I was a good writer, and now all that sense of security went out the window.

"Oh my God, is there a spelling error in that story? Did I cite everything properly? Does she really want to read my story on interracial dating where I quoted a man who said black men have big penises? Did I even have to include that? Arrgggh!"

But she seemed to like me. Maybe not enough to give me a job, but enough for the interview to last an hour and a half.

So, I don't know. I'll let you know as soon as I know. Wish me luck!


Paula Neal Mooney said...

Well I'm sending up a bunch of prayers for you to get that job, Tara.

They would be blessed to have you!

And I looooovvvveeee the look of your blog. You've updated so much and it's looking fabulous.

Take care,

Meranda said...

I did an internship interview last year where I had my whole portfolio and the editor read everything in front of me. Well not *everything* but he read some things I'd probably not pick out as my favorites. I had taken post-its to make tabs on the ones I wanted him to note. I was embarassed and silently freaking out, too.

He said it was actually refreshing to see someone's writing when it's not at her best, i.e. the everyday things instead of just the awesome things you pull out and send off as clips.

I wouldn't worry. I'm sure you're clips are all stellar. And good luck!