I’ve always thought of myself as someone who would blast them out of the water, but approaching some very important interviews in the near future I find myself shaking at the thought of having to sell myself, to advocate for my own intelligence and positive work ethic. I feel pressure to prepare and over prepare, to anticipate questions, and to smile. Why does smiling seem to hard when you want it to look kick ass? Needless to say I have found myself among other things practising interviews in the hower.
It kind of seems like I’m talking to myself, or just bragging about myself in the shower. I think the hardest part of an interview for me at this point is going to be articulation. I can be clear and concise and persuasive when writing a paper because I have time to look over my work…But on the spot? I have a very hard time articulating clearly my thoughts.
And so, in order to prepare to succeed I am articulating everything. I am using concise words, and I am explaining things in detail. Everything. I have tried to order things at restaurants in an articulate way, I have tried asking questions back in a smart, witty way. Wit is another weak point of mine, and so I’ve tried working on that too. I’ve decided that in order to succeed while in a high pressure interview situation is to actually play on what you are good at.
I am good at…um…
Well, a lot of things, and that’s just what I’m going to stick with. I was going to read a bunch of plays, and doa lot of research, which I will still do a bit of, but for the most part I am going to just be honest.
I like challenging and provocative plays that present things in a strong and clear way, be it funny or emotional. I like writing with only one light on sitting on the floor with a tea and loud Billy Talent-esque music on. I love writing blogs and watching youtube videos but also love reading a good book for hours. I love to read on busy packed busses. I love working with people and in a team setting but love to be challenged independetly. I like reading plays but poetry is my favourite to read with my eyes. I am passionate about helping people and want to use my strengths to do so.
And so, that’s what I’m going to say. I have found that success comes when you are comfortable. Unfortunately I will not be the most comfortable in any of the interview settings as I will be completely disoriented and out of my element, but I think I am ready and striving, thriving for the challenge. I love being challenged, and it all becomes worth it.
So if I cannot be comfortable I am going to go in confident. Confident that I know what I’m good at, be honest about my weaknesses, and smile. Because smiling is nice.