My Life as a Puddle

Creating hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time

Sweaty Job Interviews (part 2)

My next job interview was for a health education specialist writer position. Looking back at this job title, its basically what I’m doing right now with my blog. Ha! The portfolio I bring with me to interviews contains writing samples from all aspects of my life, both professional and personal. This past year has provided me the opportunity to build more of a medical, personal health condition, and web story repertoire, all of which have led me to apply for jobs I might never have otherwise considered. My life has been unfolding in exactly the way it’s supposed to, a perfect design of the universe. Yes, there have been some really crappy parts to it over the years, but other things have happened that have prepared me for this moment right now, my next sweaty job interview.

Now, you know it’s a good interview when you can quote Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey, and you bet I did! They are 2 women who have profoundly influenced my life over the years, and I’m not even that old! I was a very mature child, and I can remember watching Oprah’s 40th birthday special and getting all teary eyed over it (a unique trait of mine as a highly sensitive person). Here’s how I was able to work their words of wisdom into some of my responses to the interview questions.

Since my Botox experience and launch of my blog, I can now list my hyperhidrosis volunteer activism and freelance writing on my resume. As the interviewers were perusing my resume and asking me about my work experience, I was able to explain to them exactly what hyperhidrosis is. They had never heard of it before. Yay for enlightenment! As I was explaining how my blog originated, I said something along the lines of this Oprah quote: “The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” I started this blog because I was tired of hiding who I really am and feeling powerless over it. I am now standing in my truth, and if I make a few puddles along the way, who cares? That’s what I do.

I also explained that through my blog I am creating a sense of community for people who sweat and helping them to feel like this is a safe haven. I mentioned the wonderful feedback I’ve gotten from many of you in the form of comments on my blog and personal emails. Thank you for contacting me, too! It’s given me ammunition to use in interviews. I told the interviewers that knowledge creates power, power creates action, action creates awareness, and awareness creates community. The larger the community, the more knowledge we can share, so it becomes a cyclical, never-ending process. Through this community, people can realize what Maya Angelou says, “We are more alike than unalike.”

Now, while I would have liked to have been able to pull these witty sayings out of thin air, I did not. This was an interview for crying out loud! I was nervous. I prepared some notes ahead of time that addressed each bullet point in the job description and gave me points to speak to. The people interviewing me had notes, so why couldn’t I? They are looking for the perfect candidate just as much as I am looking for the perfect job fit for myself. Be prepared. Do your research ahead of time on the company. If you’re lucky, they may even post they types of questions they will ask you on their website under the careers tab.

After the interview was over, I had to take a writing test. Thankfully, they left me alone in the room so I didn’t have anyone watching over my shoulder as I was working on the computer. That is the absolute worst! Want a surefire way to make me sweat? Stand over my shoulder as I’m typing or using the mouse and watch as my computer skills disintegrate into sloppy puddles. Have you seen that infomercial for the EZ Eyes keyboard? I think I might need one of those. There’s a section in the commercial where they pour liquid over it and it doesn’t damage it one bit.

They also asked me what one of my goals in the next 5 years would be. Their website does not have any information available on hyperhidrosis, so I responded that I’d like to beef up their web content with this information. About a week later, they called me for a second interview. This time I met 2 more people, another was on speaker phone, and the original person who interviewed me was there, too. Talk about being in the hot seat! Oh, and I wore a turtleneck sweater to this interview. Bad idea. Bad. By the time I left I was lifting my arms up slightly when I got outside.

In the second interview, I was able to address my 5 year goal and also show them that I’m intrinsically motivated. I created my own hyperhidrosis patient guidelines sheet and matched it to the format they had on their website. They didn’t ask me to do this, but I wanted to show them that I was serious about the job and could create original content that referenced additional resources. They were pretty impressed with it, and I left that day feeling very good about both encounters.

Fast forward to several days later. They called to say that while they really enjoyed meeting me and appreciated everything I put forth to show them who I was, they selected someone else to fill the position who better matched what they needed in the future. Alrighty then. I was running errands when I got the call, so I walked out of the store where it was more quiet to hear this news. I surprised myself by holding it together during the call, and of course didn’t ask if there was something I could’ve done better. I always think of this stuff AFTER I hang up. So then I scrapped the rest of my errands, went home, and cried. And then I cried some more when some of my former coworker friends called to check on me.

However, I did get some blog material out of it. The HH guidelines I think are useful.


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5 Comments

  1. Thank for sharing your stories! It gives me comfort to know the I’m not the only person in the world sweating in the freezing cold weather. I love reading your blogs. Keep it up!

    • Hi Linda! Thanks for reading my blog. Today was a fun day: 9 degrees overnight, snow this morning, plus an hour long commute with accidents along the way = a very sweaty morning!

  2. I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to read your blog. You are the braver version of me!! Ha! I have lived with this since adolescence. I’m now 33 and I can’t seem to bring myself to talk about with anyone really (except a couple of doctors over the years). I too consider myself a sensitive soul and am also a writer. I just want to sincerely thank you for putting it out there for us. I completely understand what you wrote about being tired of trying to hide it. I feel that so intensely sometimes it makes me sick. And what’s so strange is that I KNOW that many people around me know about my condition…..they’ve seen me break out in a sweat in freezing temps and friends have excitedly grabbed my hand only to feel unexpected icy wetness instead of dry warmth. Many know. I don’t know if they just think it’s nerves or something or if they’ve actually looked it up online, but they know. And yet, for some strange reason, I still can’t bring myself to admit it or talk about it out in the open. Weird, huh? Anyway, I’m really playing with the idea of opening up in my own life and a lot of that is due to the influence of your blog. This condition is horribly inconvenient and at times extremely painful, but I’m really trying to see how it plays into my own story in a positive way. Having this condition makes it really hard to be superficial and judgmental towards others, and that is the silver lining for me. So thank you again for your courage and candor. PLEASE keep it up. One of the most painful parts of hyperhidrosis for me is the loneliness. It feels very lonely when you feel like no one around you relates or understands. I wish you all the best in your career search. I know you will find something wonderful. From what I’ve read here, any company would be very lucky to have you on their team! Thank you!!!

    • Sarah! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m 32, and these past 10 months of living my truth have been so very liberating. I encourage you to speak openly about it. No, it’s not all that you are, but it’s an important part and is what makes you unique. I hate shaking hands and doing high fives, because just like you I don’t want people to think I’m nervous or be so surprised at how wet I am. However, how many people do you know who can make their own raindrops? If we were to ever meet, I’d totally hold your hand!

  3. One of the more frustrating things I’m dealing with in my job search is having to consider my HH when applying for certain jobs. I have to ask myself questions like, “Am I going to have to be in front of people with my arms up?”, “Am I going to have to travel a lot without opportunities to ‘dry off’?” With HH, how I’m going to sweat in certain situations is always in the back (and many times the front) of my mind. Again, it’s good to know there’s a community out here for support.

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