“When I walked into that room, I froze and my heart started beating loudly against my chest. To be honest, it was the longest 15 minutes of my life,” says George Masinde
Interviews are the doors through which you walk into the job of your dreams or a step closer to this dream. Making a good first impression is what most people strive to do, so as to ensure that your chances of landing that job are that much higher. What happens in a situation where you accidentally make a wrong first impression?
I had been tarmacking for what seemed like forever. 4 years after my graduation and I still had nothing to show for it. Out of the thousands of applications that I had sent, none had landed me an interview and at some point, I was beginning to lose all hope.
The various referrals that I had gotten had not been enough to get me through even one door and I was beginning to think that I was the problem. As I was contemplating going back to school, I got that all important call for an interview.
My excitement and joy cannot be summarized in just one sentence. I got on my knees and thanked my creator for finally remembering to have mercy on poor me. Then, I set out to prepare for the interview. I took out my ‘Sunday best’ and cleaned them and ironed them in preparation. I also found all my documents and arranged them in order in a file.
When the day of the interview came. I woke up very early, but unfortunately for me, the weather wasn’t too forgiving. The rain was coming down in torrents and I knew that the roads would be close to impassable that day. However, this did not kill my spirit. I took out my umbrella and set out for the interview.
Everything was going okay until I got to the gate to the interview venue. As I was standing aside to let a speeding car get in before me, the driver splashed my fresh clothes with the muddy water from a pothole. Angered, I immediately started hurling insults at the driver who had slowed down and pulled down his window to look at me. Without saying a word, he drove off and left me there still cursing.
I calmed myself and walked into the building. At the reception, I politely asked the receptionist to direct me to a washroom where I promptly went to clean myself up. When I was confident that I was presentable enough, I boldly walked into my interview.
As I walked into the interview, I got the shock of my life. The man I had insulted not too long ago was sitting on the panel of interviewers. My heart sank. However, I feigned confidence and went through the entire interview. What struck me as odd was that he did not even seem to remember our encounter. I completed my interview and walked out.
I thanked the receptionist at the front desk and started my journey home. I feel like the interview went well and that I stand a good chance of getting the job. However, what troubles me is the man that I insulted. Should I find out his contacts and apologize or will this further jeopardize my chances of getting the job? Please advise.
What would you advise George to do? Leave your comments below.