Let me work you through the worst job interview I ever experienced:
One bug in my hair, yes, in my hair (which the employer so kindly stopped mid-interview to point out),
Two times I completely blanked out and forgot the name of one of the company’s clients (I guess I didn’t do my research),
and Three (hundred) Umms and Uhhs.
As you might have guessed, I didn’t get the job. I wanted to walk into that interview beaming with confidence but instead I ended up fumbling through 30 excruciating minutes of embarrassment. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. It sucked.
You are going to have awful, embarrassing, kinda-wish-it-didn’t-happen moments throughout your life. After crappy experiences, you have the option to either, A, pretend like it never happened or B, learn from it.
Even if that job interview had actually gone perfectly, there is still a good chance I wouldn’t have gotten the job. They wanted someone with concrete experience and a chick with only a few months of related internship work experience under her belt like me probably wouldn’t have made the cut.
Our lives are a collection of our f*ck-ups. Like a WWE wrestler, bruised and beaten- we can’t let our losses stop us from getting back in the ring. We figure out where we went wrong, we evaluate, adjust, and overcome.
The upside of having the worst job interview in the history of all job interviews is the fact that there is no way any job interview after that can ever be as bad, or at least that’s what I’ve told myself (the universe is probably saying “is that a challenge?”).
It’s important to look at our embarrassing moments as lessons instead of failures. Reframing regret is the key to happiness (or at least a way to stop cringing so bad when the memory comes to mind). Not that you need this reminder, but HELLOOO you’re only human, you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to do something embarrassing. It’s as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning. It’s what you do about your mistakes that make the difference between a f*ck-up and a valuable lesson learned.