Yesterday I told you about my not-so-excellent interviewing skills, so today I’d like to share with you my coping mechanism for dealing with such a humiliating defeat. When leaving the embarrassing situation, in this case the job interview, there are two options:
- Analyse what went wrong, what went well, and then make adjustments for next time.
I usually don’t like the healthy, rational way of doing things, so I tend to go for option two: repression, my absolute favourite Freudian defence mechanism. This is how it’s done: when leaving the job interview, it’s essential to stop thinking about what happened in there immediately! Until I get to my car I distract myself thinking about something else. Usually, singing the song Taco Flavored Kisses by J-Lo in my head works well enough until I’ve crossed the parking lot. And here’s the key point: when inside the car I put on my playlist of calming music (which has carefully been put together for this exact purpose). I then crank down the windows (screw the rain!), turn the volume up to “mind numbing” and sing along as loudly as I possibly can.
So without further ado, I present a selection of music that without fail always works wonders for my mood!
“I feel the air rush out! Out from the centre, not like one side is any better”
“All these words they make no sense, I find bliss in ignorance”
“I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me. The best of us can find happiness in misery”
“Hate me all you want, I’ll be okay. I’m half the world away, I’m letting you go now”
“I can’t slow down, I won’t be waiting for you, I can’t stop now because I’m dancing!”