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Could These Job Interview Questions Improve Your Life?

November '12

A recent article in Forbes magazine by Deborah Jacobs posits three key questions that occur in every job interview. My experience (both from interviewing job applicants and being interviewed for jobs) validates her queries as the golden nuggets of these challenging conversations
1.  Can you do the job?
2.  Will you love the job?
3.  Can we tolerate working with you?
Jacobs describes these queries as a search for strengths, motivation and fit, respectively.

While her article poses these queries in the job-interview context, why not use them before you even apply for a job? Simply ask yourself: 1) if you possess the talents the job requires (strengths are simply well-developed natural talents), 2) if you are motivated to do it, and 3) if you are a good fit with the organization. If any of your answers turn up negative, applying for the job might just waste your valuable time.

More mundane applications for these three questions also exist. Say a good friend asks you to bake a treat for the upcoming bake-sale to benefit the school library. Maybe baking is not your strength, but you are motivated to help your friend and this task does fit in with your own value of supporting the school library. Two out of three here! What would you do? If you say, “yes” to your friend’s request, you might not be smiling when you whip up those cupcakes – even if you are using a mix.

Instead, what if you offered to staff the bake-sale booth for two hours? Perhaps you’re a whiz at selling – in fact maybe you used to sell full time before the kids arrived. Might be fun to flex those sales muscles again!

If selling is not your thing, you could still find another way to help your friend that would tap your talents. For any undertaking, I recommend a solid “yes” to all three questions if you don’t want to be pulling burnt cupcakes out of the oven – metaphorically speaking.

But what if you’re stuck simply trying to answer the three questions in the first place? Maybe naming your strengths, or determining what motivates you makes your head reel. For authentic answers to these questions and more, you can check out my nine-week journaling program, REINVENT YOUR LIFE ~ WRITE NOW.

WEEK 4 of the program provides specific writing exercises to help you discover your own natural talents, and in WEEK 5 you categorize them into four Gift/Sets – critical for any job interview as Jacobs first question reveals. WEEK 6 takes you on a writing journey to uncover your Passions – those excitements and enthusiasms that make you want to jump out of bed in the morning. In short, the answer to question two, what motivates you.

If you no longer want to burn metaphorical cupcakes by automatically saying “Yes” when a substitute “Yes”, or actual  “No”, would serve you better, why not embark on this structured journaling program (link)? By investing an hour a week for nine weeks, you’ll unearth your own deep wisdom for meaningful and satisfying steps forward on the reinvention path. (Insert link)

May I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays,

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