Confidence Boosters Led to Second Job Interview

A reader recalls gaining confidence to ask for second job interview.

| September/October 2012

  • Beauty Salon
    For my second job interview, my friend helped me choose a suitable outfit to wear, and she took me to her beautician for a more becoming hairstyle.
    iStockphoto.com/Kevin Russ

  • Beauty Salon

When I graduated high school in the early 1940s, jobs were scarce — even more so for girls with no typing skills or business experience.

I had all the confidence in the world, though, that I would find a good job. Not only was I good at math, but I had also excelled at bookkeeping. In fact, I was at the head of my class.

Job interview

When a job came up at a nearby auto industry, I immediately applied for it.

I took my time getting ready for the interview. My limited experience in such matters made it necessary for me to look my best. I curled my hair, pressed my frilly new dress, and applied more makeup to my face than I usually wore.



When I got there, I was ushered into the main office and offered a seat across from a large desk. The man sitting in the chair behind the desk had a list of questions for me, which he proceeded to ask.

Even now, I remember how nervous I was. That high-pitched, trembling voice couldn’t possibly be mine, I thought, as I did my best to answer his questions.






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