Creating the Life of your Dreams:
An Inside Job
6. Interviewing from the Heart
When you are looking for a job from the inside out, the interview is a key component. Its purpose is not solely to impress others with your skills, though that is helpful. It is also to become aware of how you are feeling with the people there. Are these people you would love to spend time with? Do their values and ways of communicating resonate with you? Do you have to pretend to be someone other than who you are? Does the interview environment match the work environment you need? These are the intangible feelings you want to be attentive to as you interview.
Here's one illustration: One woman went to interview for a position of director at a private school. She felt it would match her heart's desire to help children and be around them in a nurturing environment. However, during the interview, which was set in a small cramped room, all she could feel was the mental anxiety of the four people. They were worried about the school, and concerned about how things were going. While this was understandable since they were in need of a good director, nevertheless, there was very little human warmth coming through them. The woman left feeling that there was a disconnect between the values of the school and it's administration. She turned the job down based on that sensory, intangible feeling.
It takes courage and inner honesty to approach a job interview where you are interviewing the other as strongly as they are interviewing you. Your exercise for this week is to do some self-examination. Ask yourself these questions:
Do I have the conviction that I am a valuable asset to any organization I might work with?
Do I fully believe I can trust my feelings and perceptions about people?
Am I desperate to get a job at any cost because of financial or social pressure?
There are no wrong or right answers, just the willingness to see where you stand.
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