I had my first interview...
I got invited to my very first interview yesterday. It was for a designer role with an education platform called Zacrac. I had no idea what I was in for or what I would say.
Before the interview, I did my due diligence by going through their website and noting a few errors because I felt they might ask a question or two about it. The errors weren't a lot because the first designer did an amazing job and the developers delivered the job remarkably.
During the interview, I felt overwhelmed when they told me that my job would be to redesign the website that I already thought looked good. I did my best to relay confidence in my ability but on the inside, I was terrified.
I only started designing about 6 months ago, with a one-month break in between. I thought I would be applying for a junior designer role or an assistant role. My insecurities came flooding in and I just hope I haven't messed up my chances.
At the end of the interview, I was asked how much I would be willing to take for the job and my immediate answer was $180 on a monthly or 3-week contract basis. I noticed the lady flinch a little so I asked her what she felt I was worth and although she agreed that I was worth that amount, she asked that I give her a range that I would be comfortable with so I told her between $135 and $180 and she seemed okay with that.
It didn't seem like a very formal interview but as much as I tried to seem calm and collected in my responses, I wasn't ready and I felt very under-qualified for the job being offered. I don't believe I'll get the job but if I do, I know my anxieties and fears would probably make me work so much harder just to make sure I give them what their money is worth to me.
Before yesterday, I have never been invited for an interview where I didn't know at least one or even all of the people interviewing me. My first job interview was with a friend who owned a tech company and I honestly think he just invited me over to buy me lunch and talk. The interview was far from serious.
My next interview wasn't even worth being called an interview. I just showed up at my sister-in-law's office and said I would like to work there starting tomorrow and she told me I was welcome. That was it.
I feel like this is the first of many experiences to come and I know I have a lot of learning to do with my presentations. I will have another design presentation next weekend so I guess I have another opportunity to practice and work on my delivery once again.
I take my learning seriously because I know it's important. Every opportunity I get to learn, I jump at it and I take my lessons accordingly.
I'll drop a follow-up when I get my response. I have my fingers crossed.
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