If you’re just starting your work path and/or you’re looking for tips how to get your first job, what do you do?
You google it.
“How to answer interview questions” and so on.
And then, you see advice like this one:
When you are asked about work environments, your best bet is to try to stay relatively neutral, since at this stage in the interview process, you don’t know know what it will be like working for the company. It’s a good idea to maintain that you are flexible and adapt happily in any environment.
“Be neutral”, “flexible”, “adapt”.
Yes, it is true that you do need to be somewhat flexible and adapt, but you must know your boundaries and your limits.
To which point will you bend, until you break?
As I mentioned in earlier posts, you need to know what you will never do for money.
Maybe, you will never want to wear a tie. Or you don’t want to work in mornings, or late evenings.
I don’t know what your “no-no” list is, but you better know.
I’ve been to many interviews and failed many of them.
But you know what?
It’s better to fail an interview at a terrible company than to get a terrible job that you’ll hate.
Learn how to sell your skills, learn how to stand out and you will reverse the interviewing process.
You will interview companies.
Can they offer you the environment you want?
What kinds of people will you have to deal with.
Once, I remember, a manager at an English language school in Japan told me: “That is the owner of this school. He’s a very decent man”.
Either she felt compelled to mention that he’s not an asshole (it means there’s some doubt about that), or she wanted to say something nice about him but her English skills were not good enough to express herself freely.
Either way, it sounded weird. Especially, after she repeated that same phrase 3 times throughout our conversation.
Would you like to work at a place where:
1. People have to explicitly say their boss is not an asshole?
2. People can’t communicate freely?
Not really, right?
So, here’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard: never need a job. If you’re trying to get a job just so that you can pay your rent next month, you will never get a good job.
“Never be desperate to get a job”
Job search and dating are similar.
How flexible would you be about your future partner’s habits and lifestyle?
You should/can be flexible about your future job to the same degree.
So, how many kids do you want to have?
-I’m flexible on that.
Would you like to live in a suburb or rural area, or a city?
-I’m neutral on that too!
Whenever you see advice about job, think: would you accept the same advice on relationships?
Would you accept the advice in this article “Never be desperate to get a job”?
Let me know in the comments!