You Didn't Fail That Interview
If you never had a job interview before, DPS will be a great year to practice
and make you feel more confident. I am sure many people including myself
were nervous for the first interview.
This year I had the opportunity to apply for internships and attend interviews.
Some of my applications were successful but not all of them. I can remember
the day I received my first “rejection” regarding a position I had applied. I was
very sad and I was thinking I wasn’t good enough for this role. Soon, I
changed my mind and I started applying for more internships than before.
Receiving emails rejecting me made me realize how much I wanted to learn
and work. I had different experiences with interviews and that was very
positive for me. I was able to meet new people with different backgrounds and
experiences and this was giving me food for thought. I was able to understand
other areas of my course studying and explore all the aspects of it.
One of my interview experiences was with a gaming company. They were well
known for designing gaming applications. This position was a challenge for
me because my past experience was related only with the fashion industry but
this was something completely different. However, I was very happy that my
application was successful. When I applied to this company I knew it was the
right time to try something different. I had a whole year to explore around, try
new areas, decide what I really like and get involved with in my future career. I
am proud to say I got the chance to try something different as you learn more
through new experiences and challenges. During the interview for this position
I thought I would be really stressed because it was something different than
the usual interviews I had participated before. However, this day I was very
calm and fully concentrated during the interview. This way I was able to show
all my skills and my personality as a whole and not only some parts of it.
From my experience on interviews I have realized that there is no need to be
nervous or stressed either before or during the interview. The interviewers
need to know more for yourself, your skills and your personality. They are
trying to find the right person that will fit with the team but the same time will
also be able to add value on it. The fact they have already asked you to have
a face to face interview it is a good sign on its own and it shows they have
found something in your application which is interesting and different from the
other who have applied for the same position.
In most of the interviews I have attended there is not only one person in the
room. For my interview the human resource manager and the creative director
interviewed me. They explained me about the duties and the responsibilities
of this position and they also answered all of the questions I had for this role.
After couple of weeks I received an email from the creative director where he
was explaining that the internship program had been delayed and he could
not offer me the position for the time being. Even if I did not get the job the
most important part from this experience was the fact that I received very
positive feedback from the creative director. He was impressed from my
professionalism and the quality of my portfolio even though I am in early
stages of my career. Reading his email made me realize I did not fail the
interview. Being able to receive a feedback like this can be described only as
a success. He saw my real personality. He understood that I am passionate
and that I have the willingness to learn and work hard to fulfil my goals and
why not succeed in my career.
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