I’ve got an interview tomorrow at 9am. I’m having a break from reading and trying to remember how great I am to write this.
An hour to sell myself is a terrifying prospect. I’ve done some really good and relevant stuff and structured it well to map against the capabilities they are looking for but……..I’ve got to get my mind set right so I’m confident and don’t do myself a disservice. And that’s bloody difficult.
When I spot a relevant / interesting job is available I think ‘yeah I’d be really good at that’, on application stage I’m thinking the same but then with every minute that passes towards the dreaded face to face I question myself more and more.
I know it’s not really about the interview or the job, it’s more to do with how I think through uncertain situations that I can’t control.
And also about having self confidence.....
Even way back when I did my first degree a certain amount of my mark was on coursework, topped up by the exams. But we don’t seem to be there yet with interviews.
I wouldn’t hire a plumber without looking on checkatrade for references now, i read reviews of new albums before buying them, and I'd never stay on a hotel without finding out if its Fawlty.
So why are we still doing the same for someone who may be working for us for years?
So i guess this blog is a plea that one day interviews can include some reference to the day to day, to what people think of you, to what you have previously delivered, especially if like me you struggle to give the value to your work that it deserves, despite being told it does have value.
And with that plea, I'll leave you with some words from Maria Von Trapp
"I have confidence in sunshine, I have confidence in rain, i have confidence that spring will come again
Besides which you see, I have confidence in me"
Here’s hoping you have confidence in yourself, I understand it can make all the difference
Back to the revision now
Mr Paul Wyse