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Nerves post-interviewish-thing

April 20th, 2011 at 10:32 am

Just got back from the not-interview informal coffee thing, and though I felt fairly calm throughout, now the nerves (and possibly the caffeine) are kicking in. I think I did pretty well and managed to articulate a lot of the points that would make me a good match for the job, but of course there are things I would've said differently, things I left out, etc.

The worst blunder was that I printed out a resume right before the meeting, to have just in case. I've recently been paring it down ruthlessly and just got it on one page. I took off the big header with my name and contact info with the intention of replacing that with something smaller and simpler--but I hadn't actually added it back to the version I printed out. So I tried to make light of it while I wrote my contact info on it, saying I was just starting to job-search and was still in the process of working on my resume. We bonded a bit about how hard it was to get back into that mindset once you'd been at a job for a while.

I actually think it might be OK, because this was an informal meetup and I wasn't required to bring one. Plus, it really was out of the blue (though I had a week to prepare), since my friend who works there told me about it informally. I think it was better to have something even if it was missing a header. But of course that's one of those things I keep going back to and mentally smacking myself for.

I dunno. I've conducted a lot of interviews myself and been involved in hiring decisions, and I'm one of those people who will forgive a lot of slip-ups that experts tell you are the kiss of death, if I get a sense the candidate will be good. Including people forgetting to write thank-you notes after, being a little late to an interview, and once (OMG!) I hired someone even after they called an employee after the interview to ask if we drug-test. (And you know what? He turned out great and he's still at that company I used to work for.) So hopefully if he got a good sense overall, the resume-header thing won't be a big deal.

Fellow SA job-seekers, I forgot how weird it feels. It's like blind-dating or something!

6 Responses to “Nerves post-interviewish-thing”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I had a Starbucks interview this morning too. Smile Of course I don't drink coffee, so that was a little awkward. Big Grin
    I hope you hear back soon one way or the other! (hopefully positive news!)

  2. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Good Luck !! :-)

  3. momcents Says:

    Fingers crossed here!

  4. KellyB Says:

    My suggestion is follow up with the thank you note, include the things you forgot to say, and of course the updated resume. Also, don't worry about resumes being one page. Now tht things are electronic, it's not as big a deal. If you have 10 years experience or more, folks will expect 2 pages anyway. But if you use 2 pages, USE it all. Just my 2 cents. I am a recruiter so I see a LOT of resumes. Good luck!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Good luck! It is nerve-wracking, isn't it?

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Thanks everyone! Kelly, that's a great idea! I went the handwritten route so I kept it brief, but I included the updated resume as you suggested.

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