Looking for a change? Want greener pastures? Is it time to move up? Is it time to diversify? Need validation or condemnation? Maybe it’s time to make way for job opening. Open up the position of being you and interview yourself for the job! This ridiculous idea has merit, since most of us consider our jobs as a big part of how we define ourselves.
Think about it, do your skills and potential match the job of being you? Are you happy? What are your goals? Where do you want to be? What do you have to offer to make the things you want happen?
Here’s a novel way to get to know yourself better and assess where you are, where you want to be, and what you are willing to give to yourself. Simply do some self-examination using typical job interview questions. The only twist is that the real job you are interviewing for is living your life. These questions are gems and lead right to the point of self-reflection.
Most interviews cover four main areas of questioning: your work history, all about you, all about the new job/company, and all about your future. I’ve researched some typical questions in each area and have made a few changes in the language to refer to your life.
Interview yourself and see where you stand. Stay as objective as possible. Take notes. And don’t let yourself see yourself sweat!
1. What were your expectations for your life and to what extent were they met?
2. What were your life responsibilities?
3. What major challenges and problem did you face in your life? How did you handle them?
4. Why do you want to change things in your life?
5. What did you like or dislike about your previous life experiences?
1. What is your greatest weakness?
2. What is your greatest strength?
3. How would you describe yourself? Tell me about yourself.
4. How do you handle stress and pressure?
5. If you could relive the past 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?
About Your New Life Desired
1. Why do you want this life?
2. What applicable attributes/experience do you have?
3. Are you overqualified for this life?
4. What can you do for you?
5. Why should we hire you?
About Your Future
1. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
2. What are your future goals?
3. How do you plan to achieve those goals?
4. What will you do if you don’t get this life?
Did you impress yourself? Did you get the promotion or new direction you were seeking? The one good thing about the job of being yourself is that you have an “in” with the boss! It’s always a good time to reflect and make sure you are where you want to be. Your life is in your hands to mold and to enjoy. Listen to your instincts and above all, be happy with you and your choices.
Live your dreams,