Thursday I had a series of interviews for a position I am pursuing. There were nine interviews. (Yes, 9) One interviewer called it speed dating. He was so right! The schedule became congested as conversations ran a bit over time. One interviewer split her time with me between two buildings: one at 10:30am and another at 4:15pm. We had a hard stop at 4:30; I had a conference call scheduled. Fortunately, she noticed I still had energy left by our second meeting. When she mentioned it, I had not noticed, and she was right, I did still have plenty of energy. (9:00pm was a different story!)
One question asked was in regard to personal development. Here’s what I am working on now:
- Being in the moment (instead of thinking about the next moment)
- Reflecting on and capturing thoughts immediately after conversations instead of moving onto the next thing on the agenda
- Taking a bit of personal time-work out, read for fun, listen to my kids practice piano instead of doing email while they practice
- Stating the obvious, “it” is not obvious to everyone
- Spelling-it has been a struggle for me since 1st grade, TG for Spell Check
The benefit of a nine interview day is it allows a full picture of the role to emerge and uncovers the needs of key stakeholders. By 4:00 I had begun to craft a 60 Day Plan. Reviewing the details of the plan with the prospective new boss in our recap meeting gave him a sense of how I prioritize initiatives from the constituencies involved.