I have been back in Brisbane for a week now, and it’s crazy to see how much my life has changed in such a short amount of time. It went from easy breezy (and a bit on the boring side) to full on, scary and terribly exciting. Today was my first day as an employed copywriter for a digital marketing agency! But before I get into that, I want to talk a little bit about the interview because oh my goodness, I don’t remember ever being that nervous. My main weaknesses are thinking on the spot and selling myself, so interviews aren’t really my forte. Here are a few things that I did that helped me calm down enough to function:
– Being completely honest. The thing that calmed me down the most was knowing that I wasn’t pretending to be anything that I wasn’t. I was honest about my level of experience, and I didn’t lie about my personality in any way. In a job interview, you’re going to be nervous and you’re going to worry about impressing the interviewer, so the last thing you need is to worry about living up to a false expectation.
– Thinking about things that are scarier than job interviews. On the bus on my way there, I was listing things that would be scarier than what I was about to do, like giving an important presentation in front of thousands of people with no notes.
– Breaking it down. All an interview requires you to do is to walk, sit, talk, and maybe drink a coffee. You can do all of those things.
I made sure I caught the bus early enough so that even if I missed it, I would be able to catch the next one and still be on time. I didn’t miss any buses, so this meant an excruciating hour of waiting for the interview. The interview itself was the least nerve wracking thing in the whole process. I sat down with a coffee and two really nice people, answered some questions and that was it. I guess the moral of this story is to not over think things and just take life as it comes, but I know that’s not a very useful piece of advice because I’ve told it to myself a thousand times and it never seems to stick.
Anyway, it turns out that they liked my writing enough to hire me, and now I have a job that is a step forward in my career! The nervous feeling hasn’t really subsided yet because I’m still so unsure about everything, but I think most of it is just excitement. I’m a little anxious to see how I’m going to handle everything once uni starts up again, and I have a feeling my life is about to get really busy. I’ve only have one piece of work to do so far and already I’ve been writing almost all day. My day was spent drafting some ideas, writing for work, and writing this blog post. After this I’m going to work on my novel, and then do some reading for uni. My day is full but it’s full of things that I love, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
If you have a job interview coming up, or just anything else that you are nervous about, I wish you the best of luck. Smile, and just remember that any experience is a good experience. You can do it!
I feel like I might actually go through with my new years resolutions this year – “Don’t let fear hold you back” – Tick.
Until next time,
Lots of love