The job interview did not go well. In fact, it didn’t happen because I got cold feet. Instead of dwelling on this perceived failure and what could have been if I had been braver, I’m going to focus my energy on other matters.
I finally reached out to my career counselor again after several weeks and asked him for some time next week so I could practice a mock interview with him. The bottom line is, I got cold feet for my last interview because I don’t think I’m very good at talking during interviews and that made me afraid to go. So what better way to fix the problem for next time I have an interview by practicing my interview skills with someone I trust?
Some days ago I received a postcard from the Board of Elections because I signed up to be an election poll worker and was assigned to be a Chinese interpreter. In order to work, I need to attend a training class and pass an exam. Tomorrow is the training class. I haven’t a clue what to expect, and I’m reasonably nervous not knowing what I’ll be doing during the class. My Mandarin speaking skills are definitely not poor, and I can read and write adequately, though I admit I haven’t been up to par with regularly studying the language as I did in my past years since I got a bit lazy. What makes me most nervous is I will likely have to learn how to say things in Mandarin that I usually don’t study in my own spare time. Such as the electoral party names, the names of the running candidates, etc. It’s embarrassing to think about if I pronounce certain things wrong or if I’m the only newbie in the training class. If I somehow manage to pass their exam, I hope I am not assigned to a poll site with largely Cantonese speakers because I can only speak and understand Mandarin.
No matter what happens, I will probably be fine in the end. I do worry about making an idiot of myself in front of everyone else in the training class, but then again, who cares? The chances are being in this class will be the only time I see those people and I won’t be assigned to work at the same electoral poll site as them in the future. I’ll persevere.