Sharpen Your Saw, Prepare Like You Are Interviewing

For the past several weeks many of my mentees have been preparing for interviews. Through the process  of conducting mock interviews and  planning meetings I  wondered, could I answer all of these questions and meet the challenge of the interview process?  My last interview was ten years ago and you may share a similar time frame. It  got me thinking, why not self assess and take inventory of your performance by preparing for an interview? When I reflect on the process of interviewing for the Stoney Creek High School position , I think of the deep internal audit I conducted of my strengths and weaknesses. I reflected on my philosophy and vision. I defined the difference between a manager and an instructional leader. I focused on what was good instruction and the importance of  building a culture of readiness among adults to handle the changes coming our way. My list of topics seem endless. I also remember the passion and competitive drive within me as I prepared for the process to begin. I also am reminded of the lack of confidence as I answered the internal question of , ” Am I ready for this challenge?” The most significant highlight of  the interview process was networking with colleagues that asked me questions, challenged my answers, reinforced my strengths,  and  encouraged me to take  risks. As I look back it truly was a great journey of growth for me. So, whatever our position , let’s make a commitment  once a year to deeply  self assess just as we would  if we were interviewing for a new position. As Covey mentions in Seven Habits, “… We are the instruments of our own performance, and to be effective, we need to recognize the importance of taking time regularly to sharpen the saw.”  Try it, the results of this exercise could truly be magnificent.

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