Shut your mouth

So, the job interview … I winced as I walked into the lift afterwards and started to recap the conversation in my head.

For example, I’m pretty sure that when an interviewer says “so, tell me about yourself” they’re not looking for a rundown on your teenager’s sick rat.

Oh yes, I went there.

I have no idea why I went there, but I did.

In my defence, I haven’t had much experience with job interviews. I’ve only been to a handful in my life. As soon as someone seems nice, I start treating them like my new friend. I’ve resolved to keep things strictly professional at the interview I have today.

This one is a bit scary because I’ve had to create a presentation – with slides – for it and I’ve also been told to prep for “behaviour interview questions”.

These questions include things like:

  • Give me an example of a difficult problem you solved. How did you solve this problem?
  • Tell me about a mistake that you’ve made. How did you handle it?
  • Can you tell me about a challenging situation you overcame at work?
  • Tell me about a time you learned a new skill. How did you approach it and how to did you apply your new learnings?
  • Has there been a time when you had to pitch an idea to a manager or senior leader? What was the outcome?
  • Tell me about a time when you overcame a conflict at work.
  • Explain a situation in which you would have handled things differently.
  • Tell me about a time you handled a stressful situation when you were under a lot of pressure.
  • Can you tell me about a time you set and achieved a certain goal?
  • What is your proudest professional accomplishment and why?

I’m pretty sure I can’t slot rat respiratory disease into any of those. Actually, I probably could, but I won’t.

I’m finding some of the answers challenging. I’m not entirely sure the mistakes that I can remember making are what they have in mind … does getting the art director of Woman’s Day to photoshop a smile onto a wombat that Bindi Irwin was holding on the cover of the magazine count?

As for my proudest professional accomplishment? Geez. I dunno what the proudest one is … I’m not someone who keeps track of that stuff. I suppose it’s going from being a monthly magazine editor to a weekly magazine editor. I had no experience in the genre, but I worked hard and won the respect and loyalty of my staff. It also showed me that you can be the boss, treat people nicely, not be a total prick and still get results.

I might not say prick if I get asked the question in the interview.

Wish me luck again!

Song of the day: Garbage “Shut your mouth”

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