There is something about an interview that brings out your best, or perhaps more accurately, your ideal self. For that hour, I am smiley, vibrant, and attentive; I listen well, I pause to think, and then I respond with care.
As I’ve gone through numerous interviews as James and I prepare to move, I’ve noticed more and more that I am able to adapt to the positions. I’m able to relate to the people I’m interviewing with, and usually I get along well with my interviewers. Typically I’m qualified and could do the job.
Alas, after an interview I have to pause and think would I actually want to do the job day in and day out? Is this what I’m working toward or will it help me as I reach for my dream job? I must shake my head clear of the good conversation from the interview and think critically about the position itself.
Not every interview has gone well, but I’ve definitely been able to take something away from each one. So here are a few things I’ve learned:
- Don’t get lost in the idea of a job and forget about what you actually want in a job. Stay realistic and create goals before and refer back to them after each interview.
- Write down your strengths and realizations after each interview — you learn a lot about yourself throughout each set of questions!
- You don’t want to work for a business you could run better.
- Be sure to keep the home and work life balance in mind as you look at varying hours and overtime.
- You’re worth more than dollar signs, so consider the big picture. What are the other benefits? Will it help toward a long term goal?
- Don’t apply to something you can’t see yourself doing unless you absolutely have to — more jobs will appear tomorrow.
- KEEP LOOKING. And if you get too tired, accept a short term position or a temp job as a way of transitioning and taking a break from applications.
- And, take recommendations and continue networking!
What have you noticed in applying for jobs or even working in a current or past position?