Alright, the job-hunting experience has now officially gotten real with a very unpleasant outcome for a nerve-wracking interview. It was a technical screening of my skills, done over the computer with someone watching me code, and I’m afraid I did not do much to help myself.
I started out in the right direction, then I went in the wrong direction. I guess I got nervous – but I did get to showcase some of my other current work that IS more representative of my skills to the person who I was talking to… so it wasn’t a total wash.
At least they got to see some of the more complex things I’ve done — which are a lot more complicated and intricate than the very rudimentary work they asked me to do.
But still… Gah – pain and embarrassment. And I was doing so well, too, talking to recruiters and being all personable and whatnot.. At least, I thought I was. I have been making good impressions with people, presenting well, impressing people with my past experience.
And now this…
Oh, well. It happens. It stings, and it’s a lesson learned. I shall now turn my attention to brushing up on those things I did not do very well today.
And I shall turn my attention to really nailing down the things I need to know — so that I know them by heart. I am in a job where people really like and value my input. It’s a pain in the rear-end and there are some days I just want to walk out. But it’s a job. And it’s buying me time before I move on to the next thing. I just really need to buckle down and work at this stuff — and this experience is certainly motivating me to do exactly that.
And in the end, I guess it’s what I’ve been needing.
I could do without the embarrassment, though.