Originally Posted by jacare
Congratulations on the interview, it sounds like you put your best foot forward, you were nervous about it, but you went and did a good job.
The key to a successful job hunt is lead generation. The focus needs to be on lead generation, not on the specific outcomes of interviews. What I mean by this is the focus needs to be on creating a lot of interviews. That way you go to the interview not with "hat in hand" needy, and begging, but as a person with a lot of options who is exploring yet another opportunity. People can detect this, they can smell it, they know it at a deep subconscious level. And it makes your chances of getting the particular offer much better, because it invokes the natural competitive desire in them to win a candidate that is sought after by others.
Also, by having multiple offers, if a particular interview doesn't work out, it's no big deal, there is another interview tomorrow. Yet another benefit is that you are not forced into accepting less than ideal offers.
So, it works like this. You go to an interview, you put your best foot forward, then you forget about it. Because your focus as soon as you get home from that interview is lead generation, and creating more interviews. You may say "there are no more jobs like this where I live", or "jobs are scarce". That is simply not true. Or, if that is true, that career choice may not be a good one, and one might consider outside the box options where interviews can be obtained. But since you are focused on getting multiple interviews, you spend little time worrying about the outcome of one specific interview.