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11:06 am: Knowing you probably suffer from imposter syndrome doesn't really help.
I mean, I can look back and reason that I've illustrated three books, spent three years as the in-house graphic designer for a small company, and done freelance illustration/layout work for literally two decades, plus I do have actual recorded training in fine arts and the various Adobe Creative Suite programs -- and still think of myself as faking my way through this with zero qualifications, only getting jobs because the employer was too foolish or stingy to hire a "real" designer.

I know it's probably a terrible idea (see, there I go again), but I'm strongly tempted, next time I land a job interview, to either show up drunk* ; or to tell myself that since I won't get the job anyway, to just treat it as a rehearsal in which nothing I say or do really matters; and see if that can simulate normal human levels of confidence.

*Based on past experience, Drunk Me only registers as noticeably drunk to myself. People who've seen me at parties, please correct me if I'm wrong.


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Date:January 17th, 2017 04:57 pm (UTC)
I had a job interview once where I absolutely knew, beyond doubt, that I wasn't going to get the job, but which was prestigious enough that I was simply delighted to have landed an interview. I treated it as excellent practice and experience, and got the job.
And then over the next few days I had two other interviews, and I was able to walk into them knowing I already had a very good job offer, which made me supremely confident.

And that is how, in the best week of my career to date, I ended up with three job offers, for excellent jobs at prestigious universities.

So yes, going in feeling you have nothing to lose but it'll be good experience is a good tactic!
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Date:January 17th, 2017 11:39 pm (UTC)
Imposter syndrome is a brute; like the Old Man of the Sea. (And Sinbad got rid of him by getting him drunk, so maybe your plan's a good way forward.)
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Date:January 18th, 2017 08:54 pm (UTC)

The Impostors

You're such a fake impostor. I happen to know that you're an Elder Of The Universe with your own private Infinity. (Plus you spelt 'impostor' wrong.)

You're not fooling anyone.

I hear that, for those who really are impostors, it helps to give the syndrome, or any other syndrome, a name so that you can trash talk it. So, Colonel Blitheringsmythe - we meet again. But this time the advantage is mine!

The last dot com job that I had I got by not caring at all about it. I had just been laid off from the last place with a huge severance cheque and decided to have the first proper vacation that I'd had in years starting with a trip to Vegas. As I was stuffing things into my suitcase I got a phone call from a friend. His startup had just gotten the next round of funding to hire more people and he'd heard that I was free. Could I pop round for an interview later in the day?

I said that I was on my way to the airport right now so it'd have to be in a couple of weeks. Well, it turned out that the startup office was downtown right by the airport bus stop so he talked me into doing the interview then. I spend the whole interview mentally checking my watch and thinking about my upcoming trip to Sin City.

When I got there I got a phone call in the airport telling me that I'd got the job because they liked my attitude.

I've been at some parties with you and never noticed any drunky behaviour.

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