Every day, whether you realize it or not, your life is a job interview.
You might be interviewing for a promotion, a change in responsibilities, or a completely new job, even if you aren’t necessarily looking for something different.
These stealth Q & A’s can happen in these situations, for instance:
Honestly, though, they can happen anywhere or anytime.
The common thread, of course, is the quality of interaction you have with others.
Our oldest daughter had been going to the local library since she was a baby. By the time she was a fourteen, her overwhelming enthusiasm for books, her quiet and polite demeanor, and her general knowledge of the library was well known to all who worked there. Around that time, the head librarian offered Alexis a job. Our daughter was thrilled at the opportunity and remained with them throughout high school.
Some years back, I was helping my husband pick up loaner gas grills for our annual church barbecue. At one stop, we chatted at length with a friend from church. One topic led to another, and the conversation ended with us trading phone numbers. She wanted to schedule me for interview for a position that was due to open up in a few weeks in her office. I was offered and did take the position.
Neither of these positions were ever advertised as available.
They were filled by virtue of people who had “interviewed” us over time.
We were able to show over time what kind of individuals we were rather than just say it in an interview.
Earl Nightingale said that luck is where preparedness meets opportunity.
I would say that is exactly what happened in our case.
1. Keep your skills polished, and add new ones, too.
2. Embrace failure, as it’s part of stretching your comfort zone.
3. Maintain a positive attitude, especially when the going gets tough.
4. Treat others with respect.
5. Be slow to anger, quick to forgive, and learn to fight fair.
6. Keep your social networks clean and appropriate.
7. Practice gratitude, particularly by being generous with thank-you’s.
8. Perform random acts of kindness regularly.
9. Offer help with no strings attached.
10. Encourage others.
It’s really about putting your best foot forward daily.
Not only will you be happier, but you will also shine brightly as a potential job candidate!
Question: What step can you take to be better prepared for the next stage of your work life?
Kim Hall created Too Darn Happy to help you build stronger and more joyful relationships through offerings of fresh perspectives and practical advice. Having been a wife for thirty years and a mom for almost as long to two daughters, she also shares occasional cautionary tales of her own character building life experiences. Kim recently authored her first ebook, Practicing Gratitude and Discovering Joy-Thirty Days to a Happier You. You can connect with Kim on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, too!