I had a phone interview today for a job I really wanted. It wasn't a permanent position but the pay was good and the work was a good fit. But, I think I failed to convince them of that.
I can teach. Ask anyone I've ever taught and they would agree. I can teach and I can teach well. And I know my stuff. And if I don't know my stuff, I can learn my stuff.
I'm not trying to be conceited here. I'm not bragging. It just happens to be an ability I have. What I don't have is instant recall. Or an amazing memory. (Just ask the same people I've taught!!) And that's where I failed. They asked me a few technical questions for which I could not recall the exact steps. Now, ask me to write a tip sheet on the very same thing, and, voila! Just give me the few moments to brush off the knowledge and I'll present it in a way that can be understood. Really.
However, on the phone and under the gun, it's a no-go. And they asked me about the steps to do something I hadn't done in about 4 years. So, what's a girl to do....except to prepare for disappointment. And it stinks. Disappointment is never fun, but it happens.
I'm sad and frustrated as anybody would be. I felt like crying and there would have been nothing wrong with that. I didn't cry, though.
I channeled my energy instead and baked some cookies for Christmas. And while baking cookies I have rehashed and rehearsed what I could have said, should have said, might have said, but didn't.
How do you prepare for and handle disappointment?