Have you ever over-prepared so much that you ended up jeopardizing your entire effort?
I thought that was what happened with my interview today.
I prepared so much for the hard questions, the situational and the behavioural ones, that when I was asked nothing but traditional softball ones, I completely flubbed the answers.
The interview, for a fund development position with an arts centre, was alarmingly short - 20 minutes tops. But I was told that this was just a prescreening and that subsequent interviews would be held next week, with notices being given tomorrow. A one-day turnaround period is pretty decent, if you ask me, and this is an organization that I would definitely be interested in working with.
So I wrote a nice thank you email, as I have been taught to do. And lo and behold, if I didn't receive an answer back in 15 minutes, saying that my strengths had been discussed with the Communications Director and that they felt I would be better suited to a communications job, if I was interested in shifting focus.
Hell yeah! In fact, I had applied for the Communications Coordinator position as well, because it really spoke to me and sounded like so much fun, even though I didn't think I had the qualifications (i.e a communications degree). But sometimes it pays to be pushy and wordy, I guess.
I will definitely keep you posted.
In the meantime, I have a couple of questions:
1) have you ever over-prepared so much that you ended up totally ballsing things up?
2) have you ever thought you totally ballsed things up, only to be handed the thing you really want on a silver platter?