So, I had a recent interview where I “pulled a superwoman”, as someone told me. I basically heard about it and rushed over as I was super excited for the opportunity to even interview. I guess if I act like that for every interview I’d have the same result as this one – I got it! Just a while ago I checked my email and it’s true!
That made me think..
What all can I talk about in an interview? They ask the same boring questions every time but do I have an answer to those questions ingrained in my soul which makes me honest yet distinct at the same time? You’d think by the age of 25, a person would have this figured out. Well, I wish.
Anyhow, these are my thoughts, Cause I’m still getting to know me:
What are my weaknesses?
This. This question burns a hole in my head because you can’t be a 100 percent honest and still come out as a qualified candidate. But I found some answers:
1. I can’t not participate
Allow me to explain.
In one of my management classes as a grad student, we were given an in-class project where the class was divided into groups and one of the group members was handed a piece of paper, which meant that they were the team leader and had to follow the instructions on the paper without sharing it with the team. The task was to make a structure of sorts with nothing more than paper cards (3×5 in size) and paper clips to hold up a book which easily weighed 500gms.
Oddly enough, my instruction was to be a laissez faire leader, which basically means to not participate and let things take their course. I struggled to say the least. I would occasionally get up and contribute as much as possible. But, the person regulating this exercise would give me the stink eye. My team ended up thinking that I was being lazy and that made it even worse for me. Our structure didn’t make it even 3 seconds.
That brought me to this conclusion – This is the type of manager I am not. This weakness can be subdued slowly and gradually by working with a good team, where it’s a learning experience for everyone.
2. I re-evaluate my decisions
I look back a lot more than I look forward. Probably not the best thing for a future manager to say. But here’s how I look at it – At Least I know that. I have started working on it. I looked at the reasons for this repeated deed and sought solutions. I came to the realisation that If I am satisfied enough with the reasons to support my decisions, I can make it work for me. Step-by-step, I make my move to conquer my own world.
That’s It. I am perfect otherwise.
Good, right? I feel like it’s decent enough to say in an interview. Most importantly, It’s mine and not from a website. It’s personal experience. You can rip off my data here or actually sit for a few minutes and think about your own life. You’ll get there and it’ll feel great.
Where do I see myself in 5 years? 10 years?
As much as I’d like to reply – lying on the floor surrounded by a 100 puppies cuddling me to death.
I have to come up with a socially as well as professionally acceptable answer.
So, I say.. a Brand manager in 5. A creative director in 10. They say, that’s all? I say, I’m a realist.
Also, it’s about what truly makes you happy and not saying that work doesn’t. But I believe in balance. So, I leave space in my life to grow and expand as a human being. We all have limited time, as it is a scarce resource. We must use it well.
What’s your ultimate goal in life?
I heard this on the radio one day, “Good is the enemy of Great”. Some celebrity said that. But it went with my ideology to keep improving yourself. Always go a step further. We studied “Kaizen”, continous improvement in grad school. That’s my goal in life to keep being better than myself – every day.
Well kids, as much as I’d like to chat more. I have to leave you at this.
I hope it made for an interesting read.
I will be back