Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Thumbs Up

The last time I was interviewed was before a camera. The days proceeding the interview were worse than the actual interview. I remembered all sorts of horror stories my friends had shared with me. I imagined spinach stuck between my teeth and no one telling me, until afterwards. I imagined the interviewer asking me "trick" questions. I conjured up images of myself not being able to answer his questions. Suppose he asks me about some of the research I did, and I can't remember. My Grandmother Neff used to tell me, "girl you are your own worst enemy." I had no idea what she meant back then. Oh, the wisdom and insight that comes with age. I'm not saying I don't still get nervous when I'm being interviewed, because I do. Am I devastated? No. I take a deep breath and relax. It's fun now. I've never had a bad interview. What I'm saying is the interviewer has never been bad. They have all been kind, and helpful to me. I have been blessed to be interviewed by kind people. When my friends call, or email and tell me how worried they are about their upcoming interview, I just smile and say. I know what you mean, but you'll be fine. Take a deep breath and think of me sitting right beside you, giving you a "thumbs up."

2 comments:

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Oh, you are so right. In fact, that is exactly what you did say to me, "It'll be fine."

thanks, Katt. Knowing you've got my back makes a big difference.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Of course I do! I may be a few miles away, but I'm right there beside you in my heart!
And I KNEW you would do great!