Tomorrow, I have an interview in Philadelphia for a job in my major. It’s a lab assistant job, the duties pretty basic. They include set-up, cleaning, and assisting the researchers in their duties.
I’ve been prepping nearly all day: figuring out how to get there on public transit (two trains and a trolley. Yay!), choosing which clothes to wear, researching the company, brushing up on some techniques that they specialize in, and thinking about I would answer basic interview questions.
I tend to take extensive notes when I prepare for an interview, usually in my little journal, and I find that it calms me. The action of thinking through my answers and slowly writing them down is soothing, especially when I will have to put them on display soon.
I was told that it will be a group interview, where I will be interviewed with other recently graduated potential employees. This….seems intimidating. I prefer one-on-one interviews, where it is just me and the interviewer(s). In this situation, not only will I have to make myself look good in front of the interviewers but I will also have pressure to measure up to the others being interviewed.
One thing that comforts me greatly is that, even if I fail to land this job, I still have another one to fall back on. Maybe this job will go to someone who truly needs it. I hope that will be the case, regardless of whether or not it is me who gets it.
In some ways, the possibility of actually getting the job is more intimidating than not getting it. I do eventually want to work in this field but am I ready? I guess I will never truly know the answer to that until I am thrown into the thick of it and forced to adjust. If I should get the job then it will become a part of my life and I will get used to it, so I really don’t need to worry. Adjusting to a new job is something that everyone faces at some point in their life.
Ultimately, I will try to enjoy my trip into the city tomorrow. The company is in a beautiful area and I am praying that traveling to and fro will soothe me. Also, I will remember that this is all in God’s hands, regardless of what others present at the meeting tomorrow will think of me.