March 20, 2006

A Case of Nerves

Well today is my first face to face interview. It's with a pretty big company. It's for a sales position here in the Northern Illinois area. I'm just amazed that they called. It all happened pretty quickly.

I need to be there at 2:00 this afternoon.

I gotta tell you - right now I'm sorta nervous. I wasn't at all, up until this morning. Now? Yeah, nervous fits.

I'm worried about getting the new printer set up correctly so I can print good copies of my resume. Sounds silly I know - but, hey, I never claimed to be overly logical in ALL areas of my life!

I'm not lovin' my hair right now. She cut it a bit shorter, which is fine, won't need another cut for a while. But she layered it. I can't get it to lay correctly. It makes my head look squared off. It's buggin' the hell out of me. And that is never good. If I can get my hair to work, it just gives me an added confidence boost. It's something else I don't have to worry about.

I'm worried about fitting into my suit. In Florida, you interview in corporate wear, but you don't have to be real buttoned down. Chicago? Yeah, whole different story. And I only have one "serious" suit. I've always loved color and wear as much as possible. You can be professional and still show your personality. But for this I need to pull out the conservative navy suit. I'm not 100% sure I can get the skirt on. There's a possibility, but it's not a sure thing. I don't know what I'll do if I can't. Not a lot of options right now.

My stomach's been acting up. I hope to GOTT I don't belch (or worse) during the interview.

The interview is about 1 1/2 hours away. I've looked up the directions and keep going back to read them. But I'm sorta, kinda logistically challenged. What if I get lost?

Will I talk too much? Will I talk enough? Will I say something stupid? Will he appreciate my humor?

What if they make me an offer? I'm still waiting to hear from the company I really want to work for. Plus - if this is commission based I can't take it. Period. How do you say no gracefully? How do you stall and not miss the boat? But then again, what if they don't make an offer? Will I be smart enough to see what I did wrong before the next interview?

All this just keeps rolling in my brain. I am actually shaking right now. How silly is that?

And this is different for me. I've always said the hardest part in this whole process is getting noticed. Getting called. If I can get the interview I can usually get an offer. So why is this kickin' my ass? I don't know. I probably never will understand this.

But today - today I'm nervous.

Posted by Tammi at March 20, 2006 06:41 AM

You will be fine, and do fine my friend. Knock 'em dead!

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at March 20, 2006 06:54 AM

Rock on Tammi! Relax, you'll kick ass.

Posted by: Graumagus at March 20, 2006 07:12 AM

Just be yourself. What's not to like?

Best of luck to you.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at March 20, 2006 07:46 AM

You will do fine dear! I have my fingers crossed for you. nervous is normal! You will do great!

Posted by: oddybobo at March 20, 2006 09:06 AM

YAY! Good Luck

Posted by: Carmen at March 20, 2006 09:11 AM

At the risk of sounding like a parrot -- you'll be FINE.

Light a candle. Have a cup of tea. Take a deep breath. Know that your friends are holding you up in their prayers.

Then go out and kick some serious ass in that interview. You know they need you.

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at March 20, 2006 10:27 AM

you'll be great, of course.

Posted by: sarahk at March 20, 2006 10:32 AM

You will do fine. I get very nervous before interviews also and then I think I totally fail the interview but within hours I always get an offer.

So if I am not nervous and feel that I do great during an interview I get nervous afterwards because that usually means no call back.

Posted by: Machelle at March 20, 2006 10:46 AM

Chill. Get a simethicone capsule from the drugstore, and you won't belch. Or take a Roaids with Simethicone. Suck on it slow. And best of luck, you're in my thoughts and prayers all day.

Posted by: og at March 20, 2006 10:47 AM

Good Luck! I think you'll do GREAT. They NEED you. You would be an asset. Trust me.

Posted by: Bou at March 20, 2006 10:47 AM
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