One of my co-workers told me about some of the questions that come up during an interview. Like where you see yourself in 5 years. (I’ve never known how to answer that.)
So I took a walk around the pond to do some thinking.
Why do I want this job? [I’m not sure I do. Can I think about this some more?] Because it combines a familiar task with the opportunity to learn something new and valuable for the company. What can I offer this job? Good secretarial skills, cheerful disposition and team spirit.
Name three strengths: [I’m cute, I’m funny and I make good scrambled eggs. Too bad I can’t use that in an interview.] I am good with computers, love solving problems, and am responsible.
Name three weaknesses: I have trouble getting to work on time (a problem lessened if I take the bus), I tend to get irritable when stressed, and my EQ could be higher.
Where do I see myself in five years? [After some thinking, I actually have an answer.] I want to learn more about the business my company’s actually in, work on my people skills and eventually try management. [And now I’m not so adverse to maybe getting this job, after all.]
Finally, I will be asking a question: What sort of boss is my potential future boss. I’ve had good and bad, and I now know that I want open lines of communication, openness around decision-making, and a boss who goes to bat for her employees when it comes time to get raises or necessary equipment, etc. Also, a boss who lets her employees know what they can do to earn a raise or more responsibilities.
I’m a bit nervous about my interview tomorrow even though it’s not a do-or-die situation. But that is a good thing. It means I actually care.