It’s February 3rd and as one of your biggest cheerleaders, I don’t want one moment of your precious time and energy these past 31 days to go undocumented.
Trust me, taking a moment to slow down and reflect on what has occurred over the last month will save you in the long run when you’re prepping for your next interview or even asking for a raise. Let me tell you how.
I was inspired to create Own The Interview after years of watching countless, qualified people interview and botch their meetings.
I knew they had the experience, the skills, the ability and yet when it came to conveying this, they would completely miss the mark.
The first step in the Own The Interview method is REFLECTION and what I believe to be the antidote for the above. I believe that showing up confidently and powerfully in interviews has a lot to do with how much you’ve reflected and learned from your experiences.
So keep scrolling ⬇️ and learn my greatest secret for easy interview prep.
We’ll start here, I know you know, and I’ll say it again, an interview exists for the interviewer to understand whether or not you can do the job.
💭 Imagine this.
What if you had a notebook full of examples and experiences throughout your career that allowed you to speak confidently to the accomplishments you’ve had and the skills you’ve honed? Think of how much easier it would be for you to recall examples during an interview. You can look at this habit or monthly ritual as a form of journaling and that my friend is my little secret.
What are the benefits of journaling?
Journaling is said to:
✨ Inspire creativity.
✨ Help organize your thoughts.
✨ Create the space to take time for yourself.
✨ Support in goal setting.
✨ Improve memory, and the list goes on.
Rather than trying to remember everything that’s happened in your career when you begin interview prep, refreshing your resume or asking for a raise, you’ll already have your experiences and learnings documented and ready to share..
Getting Started Have you heard of the expression, do it now, do it now, do it now?
Whether it’s pen to paper, notes in your phone or on the computer, I encourage you to take a moment today (do it now) and write a few thoughts down about your experience this last month; I promise it’ll be worth the 10-15 minutes of your time.
Doing it now will take less than 3.5% of your 8-hour work day.
Looking for reflection questions? I’ve got you covered ⬇️
- What is something you learned this month? It could be a task, a fact, a skill or even something about yourself.
- What do you remember most about last month?
- Think of a time you said NO to something; are you grateful or regretful of your choice?
- Think of a time you said YES to something; are you grateful or regretful of your choice?
- What is one thing you want to acknowledge or celebrate this month when it comes to your: career and personal life?
- Did you ask for help over the last month?
- YES; Was that challenging to do? Did it bring you relief? Did it add stress?
- NO; In hindsight, could you have? What could have been possible if you had asked for help?
I hope this was helpful and that you can start or continue this best practice to support you along the way in your career journey!
Have questions on your mind, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org