"Hi. This is Valerie Bailey following up on my interview from yesterday. I wasn't sure if you were waiting for my call, so I thought I'd give you a ring. You can reach me at this number, but, ya know, don't bother calling me back anytime soon. Thank you very much. Bye-bye." click.
I was frozen.
What did I just say?
I rewound the tape in my head and played it back. Did I just tell them to buzz off?
oh, MY GOSH!!
My thoughts accelerated and crescendoed in my mind... Do I call back? Do I let it go? Will I only sound more ridiculous if I try explaining myself over another voice message? They don't know me. They don't know that I can mix my words and thoughts and things come out wrong! Can you get any more unprofessional, VALERIE??
I decided to go the safe route and email them. I chuckled through the sentences as I tried to explain myself. What I MEANT to say is, "I'm in no rush. Call at your convenience." What a difference in implication!
Thankfully, they found it to actually be amusing (phew!) and hired me in spite of seeing the foot in my mouth.
Next time, I will be more careful with how I say things.