(This post could also be titled “The One Where I Talked About Bubble Baths And The Creepy Old Man” or “The One Where I Make A Complete Fool Out Of Myself In Front Of Nine Strangers”. “The Interview” is just much more concise.)
Today’s interview went… well, I think. Only it seems I’m becoming a little too comfortable answering questions about myself. This is how it unfolded.
I sat in the waiting room patiently. I saw a group of eight women walk out from behind a door, through the waiting room, and into another room. “They seem nice”, I thought to myself. And I waited some more. A few minutes later the Director walked out and greeted me. And then, “This way, Ashley”, as he guided me to a room. The room where the eight women had just gone.
Yes, I had an interview in front of NINE people.
It. was. intimidating.
At first I was in shock. I tried to calm my nerves as the director spoke for a few minutes and each of the women introduced themselves. It was explained that each person would ask me one question and I would have the opportunity to respond and then ask questions, if necessary.
Once I answered the first question I knew I was golden. My confidence level rose. I smiled. I relaxed.
“Tell us about your experiences working with at-risk children.”
Piece of cake.
“Have you ever had a difficult session with a client? How was that for you? What techniques did you use?”
Umm, yeah. I worked with clients with schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder for a year. I had several difficult clients.
So I spoke about that for a few minutes.
“How do you feel about teamwork?”
No brainer! I love teamwork!
“This can be a demanding and stressful position. How do you cope with stress?”
“I’ve learned that it is best, for me, to leave my work in the office when I walk out at 5pm. I try to spend my evenings with family and friends and try to relax. And well, I like to take bubble baths…”
Did I just admit to nine strangers that I like bubble baths? Yes, I think I did.
Thank goodness no one laughed out loud at my answer. I can only imagine what they were thinking. Let’s hope it’s something along the lines of “Oh me too!” and not “Wow. This girl is a freak!”
The questions continued. And then they asked this:
“Sometimes it can be difficult keeping boundaries with clients. Have you ever had an issue with this in the past and how did you cope with it?”
So obviously I told this story. You know, the one about the old man who kept asking me out on dates. That one.
It got a few laughs. Which is good considering I thought I had ruined my chances of being seen a potential employee with the bubble bath comment.
At least I still have a slight chance of being hired. Hey, maybe they’ll think I’m endearing?