I recall one of my most difficult run-ins with failure. It was during my final semester as a 3L, into the summer in which I prepared for the bar exam. Finishing out my law school experience with no job in sight, I was amazed at the opportunity I received to interview at a Real Estate law firm I truly aspired to work for. I essentially committed my all to preparing for this interview and made it through the first round over the phone and three additional rounds in person. Yes, I completed a total of four interviews, ultimately meeting with the majority of the associates and partners on staff in both an individual and group setting. This experience was rigorous to say the least, but by the time I made it to the final lunch interview, I was hopeful. I mean, I was essentially waiting for them to tell me I would be receiving an offer on the spot as I would try to casually contain my excitement over the ham and cheese sandwich I consumed.
However, all I received was an email a few weeks later advising me that they would not be moving forward with me as an applicant. This was crushing. I was no stranger to the experience of failure, but after the time and effort I put into preparing for these interviews I was at a loss. So what did I do? I immediately fell into the same self-deprecating pattern I resorted to after a failed experience. I blamed my lack of abilities and knowledge as the reason for this failure and only foresaw this conclusion recurring for any future job prospects.