Well I had my first phone interview in a long time this morning. Overall it went great…once I got through the “tell me about yourself” question.
Through listening to all of the interview series and preparing as instructed I was ramped up to knock the TMAY question out of the park. The problem came when the interviewer asked it in a more specific way. She cut right to the chase about why I wanted to go to the particular company in that particular city. Basically “tell me how you came to the decision to come here”.
For the first instant, I wanted to go through all of my goals along the way growing up and how I set out to accomplish them but also wanted to give her the BLUF answer. Too much excitement paired with trying to make a quick intro to the answer left me flustered. I felt like I tripped out of the starting gates. I finally, after gaining some composure, had to ask if I could start my answer all over. Something I really didn’t want to do but I was sounding worse trying to right the train.
After starting over, the rest of the interview went very well and I felt like I formed my answers in the proper MT fashion.
Towards the end of the interview I apologized again for stuttering through the start of the conversation and briefly explained what happened. I tried to shed a little light on the fact that I am a normal person that just got a little nervous and flustered. I think I proved myself in the rest of the interview thankfully so the beginning didn’t ruin it.
I definitely don’t want that to happen again but I did learn a valuable lesson from it. Make sure that you can answer the “tell me about yourself” (or any question for that matter) from any point in the prepared answer. I also want to come up with good transitional phrases that will let me convey the goals and accomplishments of my answer in the framework that they give me for the question.
Thanks Mark and Mike, the MT Interview Series made an enormous impact already and this is just the beginning of the Interview process.