I got an invitation for an interview for a job I had earlier applied for via a text message, it said interview was to take place 3 days from the day I received the invitation which happened to be a Wednesday. I was asked to come along with my original documents. Indeed it was going to be my first job interview ever; as I got all my previous employments via recommendation, never had it been this official.
As soon as I got back home from work, I went through all my documents, I checked my entire files to make sure the entire document were complete, I later decided to go with all my files for the interview to avoid any uncertainty. I got the clothes and accessory ready and I put all the files I’ll be taking in my bag.
On Wednesday; I left my house exactly 5:30am for an 11oclock interview.My procrastinating game is so strong, I didn’t want to be late `and so I left as early as possible.
When I was about leaving the house, I decided to change my bag to a bigger one so it could contain all the files more properly. I did everything in a rush.
I got to the waiting room around 10am. My blood pressure rose by the sight of the people I met there. I signed in, looked around, some were reading, others were watching and laughing at “husband of Lagos” which was showing on the TV in the waiting room. I calmed myself and enjoyed the movie which actually helped in neutralize my anxiety levels; after all what’s the worst that could happen?
After a while, I brought out a note to revise, arrange my files and get all i need sorted out. It was this moment I noticed I left the file that I had the original documents in the process of changing my bag. I took the unnecessary documents and left the one I really needed on my bed. I was so devastated and there was nothing I could do since the interview was just few minutes away.
I was about to make a call to start lamenting on how careless I have been when a woman came into the room to inform us that the interview is about to start. Then she said “we will start with adedamola……” I replied her with my heart racing, and then she instructed us to drop our original documents with a lady as soon as we enter the boardroom. I told her I didn’t bring my original documents, but I have as many photocopies as they can get. Her reaction scared me the most then she told me “there is nothing she can do about it”. I followed her quietly, I was shaking and tensed. I enter the boardroom, I met seven examiners inside, I greeted everybody and I was asked to sit. After I was asked for my document and the lady screamed “she didn’t come with it” …..
No matter how prepared you are things might still go wrong because this village people are always at work. Forgetting the document already destabilized me even before I was interviewed. I was lucky enough to be asked to start work that day but the lessons I learnt from my interview experience will not be forgotten in a hurry, linger they shall!
Don’t change your plans at the last minute; don’t change your bag in the morning.
Go with only the necessary and required documents.
Go as early as possible.
Dress responsively and comfortable.
Be knowledgably and speak confidently and loud.
These are the basic things I leant from it and please no one should send my parents this post; I can imagine my mum’s reactions to it.