HI, this is my first post. I had an interview this week that I felt went pretty bad. This is for an internal position, a promotion for me. There are 8 slots and 10 people applied. I listened to a number of interviewing casts, but not with enough time to practice or implement effectively. I was excited and energized. I dressed professionally, I was on time, I reviewed some answers I had to a few behavioral questions, and answers about my background. The interview was straight forward, 4 behavioral questions and that's all. At my company we must answer the questions using the STAR method. There were two managers conducting the interview. I answered the first question, but I didn't even answer the question they were asking. I was so fixed on providing an answer using the STAR method and using one of the scenarios I had practiced. The interviewer actually said, I think you are trying to use a rehearsed answer and you’re not listening to the question. I wanted to just walk out the room. I was so embarrassed and felt all of my energy immediately drain from my body. I couldn't focus clearly on the next three questions and don't even know if I answered those properly. I feel like I gave terrible answers to the remaining questions and they were just asking what they needed to get the interview over. I did leave thank you cards on the interviewer's desks immediately after I left the interview room.
I intend on reviewing the Interview series in full before I sit for another interview and practice whatever I learn. I will never go into an interview again unprepared. It was a humbling experience and it felt horrible. I am 30 years old and hope to have a successful career in management one day. Thanks for reading my post. Any words of wisdom, encouragement, or feedback are welcome.