Posted February 10, 2019 12:07:10I had just finished my second job interview when I received an email that said “this job is no longer available.”
I thought, well, I’m going to get out of here and move on with my life, so I signed up for an online job placement site.
But instead of being a full-time, year-round gig, this one was in a remote area of Alaska, where I was working on a book project that I wanted to finish.
I had never heard of this place, so when I called to make an appointment to pick up my book, the receptionist was shocked when I told her I was from Chicago.
I told her that I was in the process of getting my first book deal and was going to start work as soon as possible, but she still wanted me to sign up.
I was in shock, she said, and that it was my fault.
I had no idea that it would happen to me.
I’d never been on a job interview, and I didn’t know anything about this type of place.
I asked if there was anything that I could do to help, but they just told me that they could not offer me the job.
It was a strange experience, but it taught me to never take it personally, to work through it as a human and try to make it better, she told me.
After this experience, I’ve never worked with an interviewer who thought I was incompetent or didn’t have the skills to be successful.
In fact, I’d learned to think about interviewing as a challenge, rather than as a means to an end.
I think that’s how I was able to overcome many of the hurdles in the interview process, which is a good thing.
Now that I’m back to full-timers and part-timing my own job, I have no idea what I’m doing to help myself to be better.
The most important thing to me is to find ways to help others.
When I’m in interviews, I like to do things differently.
I try to find new ways to communicate, to connect and share what I have learned.
I use different tools for different tasks, like listening to podcasts and videos or chatting with people on the phone.
I’m also not afraid to ask questions.
I ask what I think about the interviewer and what the company wants from me.
If I’m not sure, I ask them.
If they think I’m too shy to ask, I can always ask later.
I also try to stay up front, using the right questions, so the interviewer knows I’m interested in the candidate.
And I’ve found that sometimes when I’m interviewing someone for a different job, they’ll often come up to me and say, “I heard you did a good job at that job, but I don’t think you could do that for that job.”
I’m not a fan of interviews when it comes to how I approach the process.
I want to be a part of the process, not the interviewer.
But I do know that the interviewers can be just as important as the people in the room.
I’m also very grateful to have had this experience and learn so much from it.
I also want to thank my editor for helping me to make my decision.
She has been an amazing resource, and she’s been so supportive during my interviews.
When it comes time to make the hiring decisions, I usually ask myself what I really need out of this job.
I’ll ask myself if I would be happier at my current job than this one, or if I need to do something different.
Then, I’ll think about how I could improve.
Sometimes I’m still struggling with the idea of this new job and wonder if I could really do better, but now that I’ve been able to do this interview, I know that it’s possible.
If you’re thinking about hiring, I strongly recommend reading through this post.
If you’re already working in tech and want to keep working in the field, I highly recommend reading about what makes a great developer.
If your goal is to get a better job, this post is for you.
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