Missing a “Big Fish”

Last weeks have been insane, sending CVs and hoping for calls. Suddenly, last week, I had at least four calls during the morning of a Wednesday. By the end of that week, I had one interview lined up and offers on hold.

The interview was for, let’s call it, company Orange Fish. A growing company in the UK that was something new to my ears. So I did some research, and the more I read about this company, the more I wanted to *work* with them! Good company culture, chances for grown and training… you name it.

The day of the interview arrived, and I decided to grab some quick lunch and head to the library, to review a couple of points. And guess what? I ended up ruining the interview.

I was so nervous, knew I had blown my change of getting this position the moment the call ended. My legs were shaking, my mouth was dry and I felt like crying. Packed my stuff and went back to my shared bedroom, looking for a way to deal with this failure.

Which brings me back to the events of November 2015.

Days before my 31st birthday, I was staying at this cheap hostel when I got a call for a position that I applied feeling that fitted my profile but knowing that my chances were not good. Let’s call this company… Tuna Fish (because tunas are huge fishes, get it? No? Alright…) So the nice HR lady had a nice conversation with me and the next day she sent some tests. In an attempt to complete these tests in a controled and calm environment, I decided to go to the nearest library… which was a terrible choice.

Who knew that a group of really noisy children would interrupt my peace and increase my anxiety? Even the headphones were of no help. Then, the Internet connection decided to fail minutes before the deadline. After reestablishing it and sending the tests, I realised that I had make some really stupid formatting errors.

I got back to the hostel and to my bed completely crushed — this company was in my “would love to work at” list — and trying to dismiss my failure I spent the rest of the day sleeping. The following day was the best time to look at this missed opportunity with a cold head. That day, I accepted that missing big fishes was okay and even expected at the beginning. And I continued my journey.

Now, I recall this great lesson to deal with another failure, and I hope it can help other people too: there are more fish in the sea, so keep going! when you least expect, you will get your big fish.

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