Your Life is a Job Interview: 10 Tips for Creating LuckEvery 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:

  • When you ask a business to fix a mistake
  • When you shop for a new house
  • When you reach out to help others

Honestly, though, they can happen anywhere or anytime.

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The common thread, of course, is the quality of interaction you have with others.

Here are a couple of stories to illustrate how life is a job interview.

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.

Each interaction, request, and problem was an opportunity for others to see our abilities and character in the real world.

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.

Following are 10 tips to help you to create that same “luck” in the job market:

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?

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About the author 

Kim Hall

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!

Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  2. First I have to thank you for your kinds words about me and to tell you that being mentioned in a post that also references Ilene and The Police makes me really happy!
    I love this idea of living being your job interview. I have often talked to people and one thing led to another where they asked me what I do! That often leads to a business card and sometimes a job.
    It’s not even about the money – it’s about them gaining trust and a nice feel for my work based on the way I speak about myself and to others.

    1. You are most welcome, Tamara. You have nailed it-it is all about trust and how we trust others, plus talent, of course. I remember reading that people will hire a less-talented photographer who is a more decent person any day over one who does a better job, but they are jerks. No surprise there. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  3. First of all, thank you for the lovely words about me. Many, many thanks. And I love your tips above and try to live by them. This morning, I was faced with a very surprising invoice from one of my suppliers and I called to inquire about it – politely. Every interaction we have is a holy one. Even when we do business. Life works much more smoothly when I can keep that in mind.

    1. You are welcome, and they are well-deserved. “Every interaction is a holy one.” Yes, yes, Ilene. An opportunity to work together to resolve rather than crush or hurt. Thanks for coming by!

  4. I’m working on creating a prayer guide for a marriage prayer group that I’m a part of and many of these qualities you’ve listed above are ones we’re praying for ourselves and for our hubbies. It’s reassuring to see that I must be on the right track! 🙂 Thanks for always offering encouraging and practical help for our lives, Kim!

    1. Beth, how I love what you are doing! I am always tickled when readers see parallels or other ways to use the information I share. It’s one of the things I enjoy most about writing! You are welcome, and thanks so much for the encouragement.

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