An amazing thing happened to me recently at work: I realized I was failing at an important project. Even though our momentum is good and trending more-or-less in the right direction, I received a lot of feedback from other leaders and project members that the system we (my team and I) put in place is not working, and ultimately will not work in its current incarnation. In short, we are doomed to fail if we don’t change course.
Interviewing for a new job is almost always an uncomfortable experience. By definition, you are being judged by others who don't know you. Some interviewers take it to an extreme and seem to enjoy their temporary leverage over you in an almost sadistic way. Others might be more collaborative, or empathetic, and seek to ease your discomfort.
No matter the temperament of the interviewer, I think most of us can agree that interviewing for a new job is generally unpleasant. So let's discuss how to make your next job interview less miserable, and help you increase your chances of landing that next job.
There is no shortage of people willing to give advice in this world. The internet has only accelerated that tendency. I don't want to give advice, but I did receive one tip from a colleague long ago that has stuck with me when all other advice has faded away. Something that 'sticky' deserves to be shared.
Take the Road Less Travelled, and Enjoy the Ride
When my wife and I, together with our two small kids, boarded the first of several flights on our journey to Sweden, we were equal parts excited and apprehensive. We were naïve about living overseas, and not yet aware of the profound impact moving abroad would have on our lives, our worldview, and ultimately my professional career.
If I were given the choice to go back in time, I would change several aspects about our overseas experiences, but I wouldn't change our decision to go abroad.
Why Startups and Entrepreneurs Don't Get to Have All the Fun
I am beginning to notice in the media I consume, and in the people I talk to, a growing fascination with joining startups, being an entrepreneur, and going out on your own as an independent consultant.
There's definitely nothing wrong with taking that approach to your career. In fact, I admire the people that do because it takes courage, creativity, and energy to succeed. However, the admiration of entrepreneurship shouldn't take away from the fun that can be had working inside a large company.