As I mentioned on an earlier post, I recently have been to Munich and plan to move there quite soon with my partner. The main reason I was in Munich was to attend a job interview for a technical IT support position for an international company.
This interview was my second contact with the person responsible for hiring. About one month ago I had the first interview by phone and the guy sounded excited. I liked the position as it sounded challenging and would allow me to learn new skills that could be useful for my career. The requirements did not match exactly my profile but they were reasonably close and one of my main strength is that I easily learn things.
So there I go to my interview. I put my nice shoes and get my best face ready. Throughout the interview I had the feeling everything was going well. Questions were being asked and I thought my answers were good. There was a good feeling in the office, no silence, just an honest conversation about my career for about 1 hour.
In the end of the interview I was told that they would be talking to other candidates during the following week and would inform me of their decision soon. Today (2 working days later), I got the news that they would not pursue my application. Well, as, theoretically, they were still interviewing people it was clear that I messed up the interview.
I am now reflecting what could have gone wrong. I must say that I am extremely sincere. I don´t see a point to BS and pretend to be someone else during job interviews. I don´t like that crap of “my worse defect is to be perfectionist”.
There were two moments in the interview that I feel that I could have messed up.
The first was when I was asked where did I see myself in five years. My answer was that in five years I could not be sure that I was in their company anymore because my plans in Munich are not for five years, but at most three. That doesn´t mean that I would not be there anymore – just that I could not lie and say “Yes, I hope to be here doing my job the best possible way”.
The second moment was when asked if my managers would give me a positive reference. I should just have said “Yes, they love me and my work”. Unfortunately I was again very sincere and said that one my managers would give positive references to anyone and the other one would probably also give positive references but could mention that I am not the best person to follow procedures (stupid procedures, of course).
Unfortunately I don´t know if I will be sincere in my next interview. Most probably I will just follow the suggestions of an ex-manager of mine and BS all the way. Why take risk in an authentic sincere employee when you can just hire the perfect BS´er.
Anyway, I believe that in life things happen for a reason – call it destiny, coincidence or just luck. If I did not get this position it is because either it would not be that good for me or something else better will come up. I am sure that the existence of this blog is related with the failure in this interview. I like my IT career – but I must open my eyes and see that I am not 100% happy with it and I should slowly pursue other dreams.