Even the most confident people are nervous at interviews. Who wouldn’t be? A lot is riding on a 30-minute conversation where your personality and career successes are scrutinized.
I bet you can remember your worst interview; I do!
I had researched thoroughly. And as always, I showed up 15 minutes early to scan through my notes one last time in the busy public lobby.
Eventually, my name was called, and I took the endless walk down the oak paneled corridor to the interviewer’s office. I sat down in the overheated room and faced my interviewer.
It was tough! The questions were in-depth, and my interviewer was giving nothing away in his reactions.
As the interview progressed, I was becoming more and more in need of water. My nerves and the heated room caused my throat to dry up, and I could barely speak. Too keen to impress, I did not dare ask for a drink, and I had not brought one with me.
Approximately 20 minutes in, I could not speak at all, except in a suffocated whisper. The interviewer, now concerned for my wellbeing...