When it comes to attending an interview for a new role or promotion within a school or business, the thought of sharing your skills and experience terrifies the best of us. The idea of being put on the spot and asked questions we haven’t prepared for seems to create a rush of energy like no other. Yet whilst working in the fields of recruitment and human resources, we find that when approached our circle of influence, the experience can build our self-esteem like nothing else.
From an optimistic perspective, interviewing allows us to assess our capabilities, share when these have been used and provide examples of our greatest achievements. It allows us to meet with others in our field, other schools or faculties, as much as new industries, and so form connections based on mutual value.
At its core, interviews are simply fact gathering for the sole purpose of understanding one another, very much a two-way process. So how can we minimise our concerns and present ourselves in the best light? Below are some suggestions that will suit those seeking a role in a new school, different faculty, leadership opportunity or in preparing themselves for work in other fields of education or business.
1. Invest in yourself
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen Covey
As individuals, we are a compilation of personal experiences combined with our personal style, emotional awareness and cultural understandings. Many cultures or personal circumstances impact our ability to confidently see value in ourselves, creating some struggle during initial interviews and network meetings. This lack of self-insight or personal confidence does not align to a lack of skills or knowledge, rather the capacity to demonstrate the talents they offer and utilise in their lives.