3 weeks ago I had another interview in the same field, which I've been trying to get into for a while now (its a career change for me). I spent a little time preparing but not much, and was kind of nonchalant about the whole thing. Didn't get all nervous and spend a lot of time preparing answers. During the interview I didn't make much of an effort to make small talk (naturally introverted) and didn't send thank you emails afterward. I just figured if I get it, cool, if not oh well. Somehow though deep down, i just had this feeling I was gonna get it and big change was coming my way. I cant explain it, I just had this instinctual feeling.
I did follow up 2 weeks afterwards and was then offered the job. Despite my seeming lack of care I know its what I want, so I accepted. It's gonna be a great job, its a nice pay raise and it gets me out of a job I didn't like (can't wait to put in my 2 weeks lol). Of course I still have to pass the security clearance but it seems low odds that wouldn't happen.
Guess the moral of the story is not to care about interviews too much. Don't get all hyped about what the do's dont's are (ie sending thank you notes etc) and get all nervous. That sort of pressure just decreases your performance and chances. Although I will say I was greatly helped in this interview by the fact that it was my 3rd try in this field and I could recycle and improve upon previous answers.
So, big changes coming for me. This will mean a move to DC, for one thing. I wanna meet and interact with more girls in life too. Have lived for too long without doing that. Recently had 2 dates from Match.com after signing up there, which is a start. Actually asked them both out on the same day of the interview, and also applied for a scholarship for a certification program in this field on that day. I know its just simple emails as far as the online dating goes but I got 2 good dates and a job out of the day lol. Haven't heard back on the scholarship yet. The next challenge is overcoming that fear of approaching girls IRL. But I guess that'd be better saved for another blog .