(Closed) Bombed the interview but still got the job?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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vienna87 :  I don’t think they had already hired someone else, it sounds like they were trying to draw some personality out of you. By the third round of interviews all the candidates could be equally suitable so they are trying to figure out if everyone is competent why pick you? Why would they want to work with YOU every day etc 

Im sure it didn’t go as bad as you’re imagining but either way just use it as something to learn from.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

You may still have a shot – depends on who holds the power to make hiring decisions in the company.  At my company, it’s all about what the hiring managers want to do. HR participates in the on-site interview process but as more of a formality.  In rare situations when we haven’t agreed on a candidate, hiring manager makes the final decision.    

 

Also, fwiw, salary and benefits are not discussed at my company until an offer is extended.  I wouldn’t take that as a negative sign either.  

 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Strange things happen. I interviewed for an internship for a job in Department A. The interviewer said she wanted the head of Department B to talk to me on another day, and this being my first ever real job interview, I thought she just meant this was a follow up interview about the job in Department A. Surprise, it was actually an interview for a job in Department B, and I had zero (and I mean zero) experience in that field. It was awful– he actually asked me “You know this is a job interview, right?” because I was so totally unprepared, and I was so embarrassed to say “Actually, no.” I thought it was over, but they actually offered me the job in Department B for some weird reason. Try to stay positive– it’s not over until it’s over, and hopefully if you don’t get this job after all, it’s because there’s a better one out there.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Did you write a thank you note to the people you met with reaffirming your interest in the role? Make sure they know you are still very interested and enjoyed the conversation.

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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vienna87 :  the good news is you did really well at the hard stuff that actually related to your job. You prepared really well, you excelled. You should be proud of that and know that with those skills, you will find the right job. 

 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

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vienna87 :  I think it’s probably the case they had already considered the “practical” side of your experience, and were looking more for a cultural fit. By the 3rd interview, they’re pretty sure you can do the job, they’re checking to see if you’re a good fit for the team.

I agree with 

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MrsChatham :  – Write a thank you note. Reach out and re-affirm your desire to work there, and do so from a personal perspective. Talk about how you FEEL about the job and company as a whole. Sometimes that will matter more than practical experience. Having somone who wants to be there for more than just a paycheck matters a lot to many organizations. Even if you think you blew it, it’s always good to just send a salvo reiterating your interest. And, if you aren’t still under consideration, they might let you know at that point and end your suffering. 

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dgirl715 :  also makes a good point about pay & benefits. None of that typically comes up until it’s offer time. When I applied for my current position, I didn’t even know how much it paid till they gave me an offer. Then I had to do some back and forth with HR to nail down the details and discuss onboarding.

Try not to be too hard on yourself. You did everything you could to prepare and got caught off guard. Pushing past your disappointment to tell them how much you really want the position can demonstrate perseverence that many employers value. Don’t give up! 

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Blushing bee
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vienna87 :  Aside from trying to suss out your personality and see how you might fit in with the culture, I’m guessing they wanted to see how you think on your feet.  It’s obvious that you were uber-prepared for the “regular” interview stuff, but maybe they wanted to get a feel for how you react in situations where you can’t prepare ahead of time.  Depending on the industry that could be really important.  

If you get the job, great!  And if you don’t, it gives you some insight into different ways that companies do interviews, and that could help you in the future.  My advice (having just gotten a new job after a TON of interviewing) is to just ACT CONFIDENT.  I mean seriously – whatever you need to learn you can learn on the job.  No one expects you to hit the ground knowing everything about company practices on the first day.  Play up the stuff they like, play down anything negative or lacking, and talk about how great you are.  The more practice you have the easier it gets!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I think it’s really up to the person(s) you would be working for (manager or director of the department) to decide who they want to hire. After all, you would be working with them, not HR.  The HR people are neutral parties that ask questions that weren’t asked by the people intending to hire you and don’t actually have the final say in the candidate selection, but are there to handle the business/hiring/administrative side of things. So if you did really well with the first two interviews, I definitely think you have a shot.  Don’t put yourself out of the running yet.  I have known about people who did really well in one part of the interview and totally bombed another part and still got the job because they showed enough competence, confidence, and knowledge to show that they were the ideal candidate. So don’t ever take yourself out of the running until someone tells you so!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

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vienna87 :  I bombed an interview, and then was offered the job.  I had just graduated and was desperate for work.  Id gone on several interviews that went well, but had not been offered a position.

I went on the interview, and it went horribly.  It went so badly that I drove about 10 minutes from the office building, and then pulled over to cry hysterically.  I was sure I was unemployable.  

I got offered the job two days later.  I still can’t figure that one out.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2018 - Mexico

I’m in the fourth week of my dream job and I would have bet good money that they had passed me over after the 1st interview. It was a phone screening and I thought it went terribly only because he had zero reaction to anything I said (I’m in sales and always looking for a rise in people). But then I got a second interview… also felt like I barely detected a pulse from him. Then I got offered a THIRD interview… and I thought for sure it was over because he STILL didn’t seem impressed. But then lo and behold I got the job offer! Be confident, fingers crossed for you because you never know!!

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Busy bee

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vienna87 :  As someone who interviews candidates to hire them, I never expect a perfect interview. Honestly, everyone is stressed and nervous and fumbling during an interview. I would be more concerned if someone came into my office all cocky than I would be if someone came in fumbling with sweaty palms. I expect that and look beyond it. 

Take deep breaths. If it’s not meant to be, then it’s not meant to be. But don’t sell yourself short 🙂 I’m sure the interviewer saw the best of you and I’m sure that you remember the worse parts.

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