Got a call from the second head hunter people. They want to set up a telephone interview with the insurance guys for next week. I suck at phone interviews. I’m usually okay face-to-face, but I can’t gauge body language and make eye contact and all that nifty stuff with just a voice encounter. I just don’t make as good of a first impression on the phone as I do in person. Well, crap. Nothing to do but try my best, I suppose. But I anticipate this will severely decrease my chances of getting that position.
Words: 935 on the novel WIP. Downloaded a slew of guqin music. A guqin is a sort of Chinese zither, a very old and traditional instrument, and it plays an important role in my novel. Doing a lot of research on it, and I realized I didn’t have a good enough idea of what it sounded like considering how key it is. So spent an hour or so, playing mp3 clips I found online. An interesting background to write to, but very fitting for this particular work. Also did a lot of research on the playing technique and things like theme and musical philosophy.
Been working on a sound byte “pitch” but everything I come up seems to have a ring of pretension to it. What reads as dramatic and interesting on paper sounds over-the-top and silly out loud. Grmph.
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I suck on the phone period. I can only talk comfortably on the phone to two people, and one of them is my mother.
That’s one more person than I can manage! I’m pretty much only truly comfortably on the phone with my husband. I’d probably be a a total weird recluse lady without email and the Internet to “reach out and touch” the outside world.
All hail the internet!
just take it easy. i’ve found that a certain amount of roughness is factored in with phone interviews. if the interviewer is good, they will give you enough cues.
Re: phone interviews
I hope so! I’ve got a week to prep, but that also means a week to fret and stew about it.
I hate talking on the phone for the same reasons. Just try to relax and be your charming self. Good luck!