THE interview was last week, yet Garry Monk accepts that questions will be asked all summer.
Swansea City are this week expected to appoint Monk as the permanent successor to Michael Laudrup.
And though he has impressed during three months as head coach, Monk acknowledges that there are bound to be some who query his credentials.
The desire to justify his appointment will drive him on.
"I am excited about what we might do next season," Monk said.
"And the best bit for me is that you are always going to get doubted.
"I know that, and that's always driven me on. I have talked before about how as a player you get doubted.
"Then when the club offered me the job on the coaching side, people said I couldn't get us safe.
"We've proved them wrong.
"Then next season they will say 'Oh he hasn't got the contacts, he can't get the players, who wants to play for Garry Monk?', all that stuff.
"It's another chance for me to prove them wrong. That's something I have lived with my whole career and who says I will not do that as a manager?"
Monk remained adamant over the weekend that he had not been offered the chance to stay on as Swansea boss.
But all the signs are that he will be installed as the full-time manager in the next few days, probably on an initial two-year deal.
Monk has done enough to convince Swansea's owners that he has the ability to lead the club in the long term having guided them to safety in what has been a turbulent year.
The big job was done last week, when Swansea followed up victory at Newcastle with another success against Aston Villa.
They had waited almost a year and a half for two successive Premier League victories.
A third in a row may always have been asking a bit much — though Swansea had their chances against Southampton on Saturday.
Neither side had that much to play for, and it showed in what was a low-key game.
If some of the players involved may already be winding down for the summer, Monk is not.
He was simmering at the end after Swansea were beaten by the scrappiest of goals in the third minute of stoppage time.
"It's not a meaningless game to me," he insisted. "I want to win every game — I have told you that.
"And if we don't win, the next best thing is not to lose, but we didn't do that either.
"It's disappointing because for 90 minutes, we actually played pretty well.
"We had to defend properly in the first half, which we did, but even then we had three clear-cut chances. In the second half it was a much more even game, but one lapse of concentration has cost us at the end. In a way it's the story of our season."
Monk's problems — the need for his team to score more goals and concede fewer — will be familiar to many more experienced managers.
In truth — and even though Michu has had a miserable year — Swansea have not struggled going forward across this season.
There were chances which went begging in their last home game — Pablo Hernandez should have scored and Wilfried Bony might have done twice. But the bigger issues during 2013-14 have been at the back, where at times Swansea have been pierced all too easily.
Southampton bossed the ball for much of this weekend's contest, yet they did not create that much.
But Swansea still ended up with nothing as Rickie Lambert bundled the ball over the line — perhaps with his arm — after the home rearguard got themselves in a mess.
First Jordi Amat could not clear Steven Davis's lofted ball into the box, then Ashley Williams's attempt to intervene turned into assist.
The ball looped over Michel Vorm and Lambert shepherded it across the line.
Monk's first task next season will be to make Swansea harder to breach, and it may be that the former central defender needs to look to the transfer market to aid the cause.
There is likely to be a significant turnaround of players at the Liberty this summer, with a handful of Laudrup signings likely to move on as Monk looks to make his mark on the squad.
"I am not going to talk about what I've spoken to the chairman about, but of course there will be comings and goings," Monk said.
"That happens at every club every year, and it will be the same here."
There may also be slight changes to the backroom staff, with Monk likely to bring in at least one new face to work alongside him next season.
Monk will look for fresh ideas on and off the pitch as Swansea look to improve on a spluttering campaign.
It has not been a terrible season. If Swansea can dig out victory on the final day at Sunderland next weekend, they will end on 42 points — only four shy of what Laudrup's team managed last term.
Given that they have had Europe to contend with as well, Swansea could argue that they have not been that bad and certainly, mere survival is something to celebrate in the top division.
Another wedge of television cash is now heading Swansea's way which, if used wisely, can further strengthen their chances of making a home at the top level.
With no Europa League football to worry about next season, Swansea ought to find it easier to compete consistently in the top flight.
"Considering this year was our first experience of Europe, we have actually done quite well on the whole," Monk said.
"But it's still disappointing because of the standards we have.
"It's strange. We have been in Europe and we have got 39 points, and we are calling it disappointing and a poor season.
"It makes you think: 'Imagine if we had a good season'."
Swansea's supporters have had plenty of positive campaigns to enjoy over the last decade or so.
The club's board of directors believe Monk can deliver another in 2014-15.
Now comes the challenge of proving them right.