I am a dork, a geek, a total misfit. I’m that girl that laughs when the entire room is quite because something just popped in my head that I thought was funny. It might have been from a week ago or just getting the joke from the hour before, it doesn’t matter. I’m the dork that laughs.
Oh sure, I can dress up as Professional Barbie, but what you don’t know is I am the dork that when I did my manicure I accidently gelled a dog hair in the nail polish but didn’t notice it until right before I am about to shake your hand. Can you see it in the picture?
I trip going up the stairs, I trip on invisible objects then turn around to get mad at them. When stressed I dance it out and have been caught by more than one neighbor be-bopping around to music from my headphones.
I sing in my car and get stares from other drivers, I stop and bet dogs – any dog any time I don’t care where I am or what I am wearing or what I am doing. I pet dogs. I make weird baby noises to infants and play games with toddlers. I make a complete fool of myself to the embarrassment of my 21 year old son in a crowded elevator.
I am a dork. I am okay with it. We all are to some degree. No one is perfect and the inner geekness or dorkness is a great quality to embrace. It helps us keep our humor, sanity and get perspective.
I have dork moments when I give seminars, talks and seminars. You better believe I completely own them. Sure it is not comfortable, but I do it anyway. I also encourage my clients to adopt the same mentality and strategy when interviewing.
You are going to mess up something. Let’s just be frank here, or Shirley, or John (sorry, dork moment thinking about Airplane); odds are you are going to flub a little something during the interview. You are nervous, you want the job and you have set extremely high expectations for yourself.
If that is not calling out to the universe to give you a flub I don’t know what is.
So when it happens, relax. You are human, so are they.
Maybe they ask you a question and you go off on some tangent. Oops. Hey, we have all been there. Simply stop, take a breath and own it. Tell the interviewer that you apologize; somehow you got off track and have no idea how, but you would like to get back to the original point. Then do so and shut up.
Look, if you do not beat yourself up in front of them and make light of it then they will not make it the feature of the interview. If you do freak out that is how they will remember you. The guy/girl that messed up a little then completely freaked out, sweated through their business suit and got a bad case of verbal diarrhea. They will be completely uncomfortable. You will be the pity interview. Not really the impression you want to leave with.
Instead be human, make it a non-issue, make light of it so they are more comfortable and get back on point.
Let them remember you as someone who is human, professional and able to make a room comfortable while selling yourself as the ideal candidate.
Be the dork, it feels so good!
Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW
Brand Strategist & Career Coach
Certified Professional Resume Writer