Today I learned a hard lesson about attention to detail, or more precisely the lack thereof. I had an opportunity to work for Amazon in their Information Technology department at the local fulfillment center. On New Year’s Eve, I received an email informing that I had been selected to move forward with an in-person interview. In my excitement, I failed to read the email completely and left out an important piece of information. This would explain why I did not receive an interview.
There is no excuse for lacking attention to detail in a field where attention to detail is absolutely critical. I lost the opportunity to interview for a 25 dollar an hour position because I failed to respond to the email with all of the details requested. In my excitement, I only responded that I could be very flexible with my interview dates and times and that Amazon could schedule around their needs. I missed the part of the email where they requested that I provide my birth month and day in the response so that they could give that to the security guards to confirm my identity when I show up.
I was preparing heavily for this interview, down to googling for information about what makes for a successful candidate and all of the things Amazon is doing. I wanted to be prepared, informed, and enthusiastic. In the end, it came down to the absence of a small yet important detail. I feel like getting drunk and drowning out the feeling of anger and despair. The only lesson I can take away from all of this is to read instructions much more carefully and slow down. I’ve been so down in mental health over the past 5 years that I seized upon this opportunity but let attention to detail slip.
I do not know what my next move will be but I do know that I will be attending a mock interview that I had hoped against all hope that I would not have to go to. This mock interview session on January 30th will at least include a free lunch. It’s a loser lunch but it’s free. And I’ll take any free I can get.