Kissing Frogs

Have you heard the one about the princess having to kiss a few frogs before she meets her prince charming? Well the same applies to interviews.

Here’s how and why.Would you really want your first interview experience to be for your most wanted job? I certainly wouldn’t. In fact, I wouldn’t want to have that interview until I had been through a few trial interviews first.

Think about it. By the time you’ve had a few trial runs you should have improved your technique and settled into being yourself in front of one or more interviewers. Don’t wait for the date of your first interview before you have a few prep ones. Go and book some today.

Paul Browning

21 Responses to “Kissing Frogs”

  1. From inexperienced to fully prepared, one needs trial and error. Totally agree.

  2. I remember my first interview~nervous to death.. but latter I become much more confident 🙂

  3. Frogs are steps to Princes, perseverance accounts.

  4. Never let frogs bring you down…believe in your prince, believe in “happy ever after”~~

  5. I’m gonna book some for practice today !

  6. Being in front of 5 people who you do not know is difficult especially when you are being asked a million questions both technical and personal nature, I tend to be a little nervous.
    I wish I would have realized this and would have taken interviews for just about anything just to gain the experience . I did miss out on a job I really wanted becase of this and it will not happen again. Kiss a ton of frogs, it will be worth it.

  7. I agree that going on interviews is a really valuable experience. I think that the only way you can learn how to make a great impresson on an interview is by doing it as much as you can. You also get a good sense of what companies are looking for by experiencing the process first hand.

  8. When I first started going on interviews, I was really nervous, very worried about everything. I felt a lot of pressure to make this interview be the one that I won. I learned that, regardless of the outcome, every interview was a valuable experience. I became much more confident, and I was able to begin to visualize what the interview might be like before I got there. It helps me feel more at ease and less nervous.

  9. I have seen my fair share of frogs during job interviews. I remind myself that it is not only them interviewing me, but it is me interviewing them. I don’t want to work somewhere that gives me a bad feeling.

  10. You can’t enjoy a great experience unless you have something bad to compare it to. It makes the good stuff feel so much better when you remember all you had to go through to get there.

  11. I have taken my first two interviews and this post is giving me a little more confidence. I get so nervous, I don’t feel like myself. I’m going to count these uncomfortable interviews as experience and look forward to the next!

  12. What great advice for people who are stuck in the interview loop at the moment. That changes the perspective for me, which is helpful. It sounds like you are more in control of the process when you think like that.

  13. So many frogs, but there has got to be some kind of reward sometime! Just keep at it. You will find something, and all your hard work searching will pay off.

  14. I can’t wait until I am done interviewing. That said, I have learned a lot about myself through this process.

  15. I found that interviewing people is as stressful as being interviewed. Everyone is uneasy in that situation.

  16. This is so true.
    After a few years having a stable job (with no interviews), and suddenly starting interviewing for new job feels fo uneasy and new on the first interview.
    Looking back, should have gone to some “not important” interviews first, even for practice sake.

  17. This is a great idea and I love the analogy. Like a lot of people, when I go for that first interview or two I am extremely nervous. I have even froze and couldn’t think of an answer when asked a question. I love this idea because I could always use a couple of trial interviews before I go for the one I really want. I am currently looking for employment right now, so this will be something I will try!

  18. I like it, not only does the trial help you prepare, it also shakes off that feeling that you kind of feel during your first date. And really the things you pick up during these trial interview are invaluable. I always rehearse the past interview in my mind. tweaking them for the interviews ahead.

  19. Getting a few interviews under your belt for jobs that are less important to you is a good practice. You can always turn down a job offer you don’t want (and thus get practice doing so in a way that does not “burn bridges”. )

  20. I used a similar strategy a few years ago, before getting my current job in the same company but a different job in a different department. When I decided it was time to move outside my then department, I started watching for any job announcements that sounded interesting but that I wasn’t qualified based on the description. I’d call the hiring managers, tell them I wasn’t applying for the job at this time, but ask them to meet with me to discuss their needs. Most agreed, and in discussion I’d get a clearer picture Of some steps I could take to prepare myself for future openings in these areas.

  21. And, these managers would of course ask about my current job and skills. At first it felt awkward and rambling, but this helped me to develop a very concise assessment of how my current skills could transfer to other settings. When I started interviewing in earnest, these “information sessions” proved to be very helpful preparation.

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