I was once asked, in a pseudo job interview type situation, “What are you good at?”
Well, being prepared was not one of my answers. I was blind-sided and unprepared. “Uhhh” I stammered. “Well, I’m good with people,” I responded. Which was a total LIE! I would rather not have to deal with people at ALL! “And I’m good at organizing,” I heard myself say. Now I was just scrambling for anything.
It dawned on me that I should really have a better answer for that question, and it should be stored somewhere in the space between my ears, ready for retrieval at any time. I need to know my assets and learn how to sell them.
I recently posted about a job interview I had. I was unsuccessful in my application, per the generic email I received the next day. I wasn’t surprised. In the interview I felt like things were going really well, but upon reflection, I realised we didn’t talk at all about my skills or abilities, or my experience. They had no idea what I was or wasn’t capable of doing. How could they know, if I didn’t even know? Or couldn’t articulate it? I had prepared for the interview by researching the company and coming up with some suggestions for ways to improve their online presence. I had even researched some of their competition to see what other companies in the same industry were doing. But I didn’t prepare anything about myself. I didn’t have a strategy for selling ME.
Oddly enough, I got an email a couple of days ago from one of the people who were in that interview. Three weeks later she basically wanted to let me know that she was impressed that I had taken the time to research the company and come up with some suggestions on things they could improve. She said I should go into future interviews with confidence because I had been a stand-out applicant. If only I’d got the job, I thought. But it was still really nice of her to take the time, all those weeks later, to send me that email. Because the next interview I get I will go in with more confidence, and her words playing in my mind.
So now, instead of being worried about walking the walk, I need to learn how to talk the talk, and learn how to sell myself in the next interview I have. Instead of stumbling over a few random answers, I need to be confident in my precise description of my abilities, skills and experience. Now all I have to do, is figure out what my abilities, skills and experiences ARE!
What are you good at? Can you sell yourself? Or do you sell yourself short?