The Boss Show

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March 20, 2013

The Opportunity of A Job Interview

By Steve Motenko

So this guy’s in the middle of a job interview, and he takes a call on his cell.  Not once; three times.

Our Boss Show listener who tells us this story wonders why the interviewer didn’t … um … “excuse” him from the interview after the first time, let alone the second.

A job interview is one of those rare, pivotal junctions in life.  In the Gwyneth Paltrow movie “Sliding Doors,” the trajectory of her character’s life hinges on whether she catches a train. And we see it both ways, in parallel.

Imagine a similar fork at the moment of your next job interview.  Depending on how you’ve prepared, how nervous you are, how authentic you are, how stupid you are, how creative you are, how connected you are — your entire future takes a different path ….

You can’t know what acing it or bombing it will lead to.  You can’t know.  All you can know is this:  every moment in life is an opportunity to show up as your very best self – or not.  Every moment is a choice.  Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3.    In a job interview, though, you have more control than usual over how the future will play out for you. Seize it, rise to it — your life demands it of you.

Jim & Steve yesterday released the first of a two-part Boss Show series on Job Interviews


About the Author

Steve Motenko is an executive coach, leadership trainer, and co-host of The Boss Show, a weekly podcast on workplace dynamics. Steve and his Boss Show co-host, Jim Hessler, are co-authors of Land On Your Feet, Not On Your Face: A Guide to Building Your Leadership Platform. Steve lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, with his wife and dog, whom he loves, and a cat he tolerates usually pretty well.

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