Going for a job interview can be nerve-racking. The throat dries up, appetite flees, bladder and bowels decide to go on a race, underarms sweat up, mind is chaotic…it’s terrible. It’s not about being unprepared; the fear that you could be ambushed with a question you never considered can be dreadful. And then you are called in. The whole agenda is to present your best self so you would be considered the best candidate for the position.
Experience comes up and you find yourself ‘embellishing’ some of them just to prove yourself. The idea is to first get the job and later figure out how to get it done. When the former is sorted, the latter will sort itself out.
Presentations. Another nerve-racking experience especially for those of us who would do anything rather than stand in front of people. The PowerPoint piece should be on point and so should your oral presentation. You can’t just read from the projector screen, you have to communicate with your audience which means more eye contact. And sometimes the ‘serious’ looks of the listeners can be so discouraging that all the pretty lines you had been rehearsing in front of the mirror could vanish, leaving your knees shaking. A question is asked and as you open your mouth to respond, you realize you’ve forgotten the answer. You start sweating in a fully air-conditioned room.
With the former scenario, one has to do what he’s gotta do to land the job and get help ASAP! If you lied about having a driver’s license when you don’t even know how to drive, you better start learning and get the license before you’re asked to drive to run an errand. If it was about writing business reports or proposals, hit the net and learn it to the letter.
With the presentation part however, a poorly delivered presentation can be your ticket out of the door. You can lose a deal you had worked so hard and long to close. Forgetting what your presentation is about is so horrible that no one should wish it on anyone. All the preparations you made all go to waste if you fail to deliver.
I’d rather be hired for a job I’ve no idea to perform (one can always learn on the job) than to embarrass myself in front of my superiors with a blank mind.
What about you? Which situation would you rather find yourself in and why? Kindly share your thoughts and thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2018
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