As much anxiety as I have experienced in my lifetime, interviewing has never been an activity that produces anxiety for me. I go with excitement and anticipation, psyching myself up to authentically highlight my strengths and skills while learning about the new organization. Generally, when I begin looking for a new opportunity, I have been employed. The search comes from the perception when I realize that the job that I was holding was not meeting my needs. On a few occasions, I had to engage in searching for a job because of a family relocation decision.
When I get to the point of interviewing, my mindset is the following, knowing these two truths; either I get a new job that meets my desires and hopes, or I get to appreciate my current situation. If I am working, I come to my job with a stronger commitment to make things work. I look at the situation differently, I learn and grow from the experience.
I also go through a mental ritual, asking the universe to open those doors I should walk through. I see interviewing as expanding my network, an opportunity to learn more about a new organization. I do research about the company and its people. I psyche myself up with the preparation. Interviewing allows for reflection time about the skills that one has built during one’s professional career and the ideal situation one wants to create.
My most bizzare interviews were a few hours long, 4 to 5 hours long. Those interviews have been in the higher education field. They commonly begin with an interview over the phone and an invitation to visit the campus. Recently, during one of those interviews, after my phone interview I met with the interviewing committee, did a public presentation for staff and faculty, met the staff from the office and had lunch. After meeting with the staff, I met with the Provost and ended up the interview process with a presentation to the students. It was exhausting and by the time I met the students, I was spent. Needless to say, I didn’t get an offer. If I had, I’m not sure if I wanted it, the commute would have been brutal.
Reflecting back on it, I know I wasn’t ready at time. I find the doors the universe wants me to walk through open when I am ready. I also reaffirm over and over again, whether I get the new job or have to commit again to my current situation, I am living on purpose.
Most of the time, I choose to be private during the process and share I am considering interviewing with just a few people, if any at all. Opinions tend to be given generously when I share and I find although some may be helpful, some are not. If I share, consequently, I feel obliged to give updates on a regular basis when people ask.
Four things to consider to prepare for an interview;
A well written resume and cover letter
A mental process to lift your self confidence
Thorough research of the company and its people
An open mind
During the interviews where I have been offered the job, I have been relaxed and authentically myself. If I feel that way, I know it is a place I want to work at and I can invest my time and talent to help the organization reach its goals. On that note, the following quote by Rumi resonates with me; “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”