Interview failing…

woman on mobile

I had a phone interview yesterday and they came back today and said I didn’t get it. I was not overly surprised because I knew I did a bad interview – here was the feedback


“The candidate has a strong track record in campaigning and working to eradicate barriers for disabled people. Unfortunately she did not have the specific experience needed for this specialised role. The candidate did not demonstrate significant experience of managing digital projects, although she did evidence her role in supporting the management and tender of digital projects. The examples given were of managing digital content within wider platforms – not the management of the platforms themselves.”

The rub was that I did have the experience but I didnt recall it during the interview since it was quite a few years when I was in charge of a database – it had completely escape my memory in those few crucial minutes.

I suppose if I had my application in front of me, I might have provided the evidence. I did write it in my cv. But maybe it was not meant to be.

One question that did come up in thought :

as a self employed person whose work is mostly web/text based, does that imply that effectiveness on a face to face (or by telephone) level is lessened or communication less persuasive than that which is facilitated by a keyboard?

Its not a question of spoken skills with people but on a work level, I ‘m much better with a written text. I wonder if other people face the same problem. Emails are often composed in solitude, communication in meetings are focused differently.
Some people practise their interviews before undertaking one – are there such services/resource? So that thoughts and self marketing skills can be let loose before the all important event itself?

(original blog edited)

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