When someone bombs at something, it traditionally holds negative connotations, unless of course

  • The aim was to bomb directly into a pool.
  • Someone tells you, ‘you look like the bomb’ (take this how you like).

Generally if you use the word ‘bombed’ as an adjective, it often means someone believes they failed hard at something (unless of course you’re using it in the context of being at a festival- at which point it’s a totally different adjective altogether..).

The process of interviewing, can be pretty draining and at times you find yourself having to be especially resilient to rejection. It’s difficult when you think something has gone well and ultimately someone else was better. The prep that goes into interviews, be it in the form of presentations, analytical tests or written assessments can be quite unnerving. I don’t follow a particularly conventional working pattern, rather working as a contractor works best for my lifestyle. The experiences I have gained are priceless, picking up new skills and responsibilities far quicker than I would in a standard 9-5; not to mention being able to command more money. That is not to say, there are times when I think the grass is greener…

This was the case a few weeks ago. I saw a role that I believed could persuade me into leaving the way I approached work. Subsequently, I should inform you, it was a total disaster. It was a disaster for quite a lot of reasons, the first being the fact, I had misinterpreted the presentation brief I was supposed to be presenting. Whilst not altogether the smoothest move, the fact was I had still poured hours of work into it. Instead of focussing on one particular sector, I had in fact focussed across multiple sectors. An honest mistake- it happens- you don’t have too much choice other than to hold your head high and power through.  

This interview didn’t bomb for me because the presentation was wrong. It bombed because of how uncomfortable I was made to feel by one of the three men interviewing me. Uncomfortable, in the sense I felt he was laughing at me. From the moment I said ‘‘shall I stand for my presentation?’ and quickly realised by the look on his face that the done thing was to ‘sit’, I felt stupid. I suddenly found myself falling over words and not being able to articulate myself very well. On top of that, I found myself apologising at intervals throughout the interview because he looked bored and more often than not, was more interested at the contents of what might be stuck to his shoe.

I was relieved when it was all over. I think it may just be one of the worst interviews I’d had to endure. It became apparent to me on walking out of their offices, I had no desire to work there. No one should make you doubt your confidence, abilities or creativity. If someone doesn’t have the common courtesy to look interested when you have made the effort to learn about their company and prepare a presentation for them, then you shouldn’t want to work there. The bottom line is, no one should make you feel stupid.

The following Monday, I politely emailed them to tell that I would like to withdraw my candidacy from the running.
Even if you think something has gone badly, don’t ever let anyone take away your sense of worth. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to ‘fit in’ with a company when we interview, but the biggest eye opener for me was in fact that they were not the right fit for me.

20MC