Went to an interview with potential clients (condo board – remember, I wrote about it in the Fall?) – on Upper W. side, very grand, and very late: last out of 3 contenders, time slot: 8:30pm.
During the meeting I discovered that
-I was not sent an agenda (unlike other candidates), and first 10 minutes the conversation was chaotic
-other candidates were smarter and brought their portfolio as additional visual aid, ignoring the info by the Client’s contact person that no extra materials are expected. I was too literally following directions!
-I forgot the case with my business cards at home, on the desk -and remembered about it only when riding subway
-I was not prepared for question of professional insurance (I don’t carry any, as advised by a specialist: I sell my design services only and am not dealing with structural issues). When I said I don’t, they all had that surprised look…uh-oh, a point against me.
So why, despite all these “contras” and increased doubt in getting this project I am in particularly good mood?
In the last three years I noticed this about myself: any opportunity to talk about design, about past and – maybe – future projects, about possibilities of transforming a dull space into something beautiful brings me joy. I love a chance to talk shop! Before the last 3 disastrous [for the industry] years I was very nervous before interviews – because I concentrated on myself, on impression I’ll give, on how people will perceive me. Now I am so beyond that…even if I don’t get a job, I am still euphoric after the meeting: I know there is such a huge supply of incredibly talented people that Client’s preference is not so much a reflection on me personally, but conglomerate of fine-tuned factors; when a hair-size consideration might weight the scale to somebody else advantage (something trivial, like their wearing a shirt of Client’s favorite color: yes, I was told this tale by an architect friend). And I learned to enjoy interviews as opportunity to focus on people across the table, not on myself. What will be, will be – and in a meanwhile I’m happy to be here and now and talk about my favorite subject. [That – and knowing my base is covered, of course.]
Ah, it’s 11:20pm, and I am so energized, I don’t think I’ll fall asleep. Oh, get me some work!