I love job interviews. I love talking about myself and things I do well. I like my grown-up outfits, and I haven't had much of a chance to wear them in the last two years. Job interviews do not make me nervous.
I have to say this was one of my worst interviews today. There were six -- SIX! -- people in the room with me, all interviewing me. It was difficult to establish any kind of connection or rapport with any of them. Who was I supposed to talk to, when answering questions?
There were questions that I've had before in other interviews -- questions that I answer well, and when I give my answers, I usually get nods, a smile, sometimes a wink, even a wry comment. Describe a challenge from your last job (I got stuck with a project that wasn't my idea, ran with it, and ended up winning a statewide award for it). Tell us what kind of manager you are (if the work isn't getting done, then there's a problem. Otherwise, I'm not going to mess with something that's working, and if that means you have stuff you need to do on work time, I'm not going to have a fit about it).
But when I gave my answers, there was nothing. It was like I was talking to the dog, but without the smile. I felt like the answers I usually knocked out of the park were instead ground-rule doubles.
There were a lot of Web questions. I have very, very little Web experience. There were a lot of database questions. I have no database experience. I felt like I was walking around in the dark, fumbling around.
I think it all stemmed from the second question I got, which was, "Why don't you just tell us your understanding of how a bill moves through the Legislature?"
When you're caught off-guard with a question like that, and your mind goes blank and you really didn't have much of a concrete concept of the answer anyway, the only direction your interview is going to go is down, really.