The Inner-Viewing Process (Part 1 of 2)
Before you being inter-viewing, you must first inner-view yourself. Inner-viewing is internal. It is communication between you and your authentic self. It requires knowing who you are, what you want, and why. Inter-viewing is external. It is an exchange where two parties are inter-acting to get to know each other better. It requires that both the company and the individual inner-view to explore what they truly want so that they can determine if there is inter-est.
Everyone talks about the glass ceiling, but that’s once you’re in the organization. Before you get into the organization, there is a glass mirror that you have to wipe clean in order for a potential employer to truly understand who you are and assess your fit.
Interviewing is a lot like dating, we get a little schizophrenic and multiply our identities. There are 4 versions of you in the world; 2 of them live inside you and 2 of them live outside of you. There A. Who you truly are and want to be, B. Who you think you have to be, C. Who they perceive you to be, and D. Who they want you to be.
The ultimate goal of an interview is to align all 4 identifies into one. Considering that we spend over 50% of our waking hours in our careers, it is important to feel free to be yourself at work. You shouldn’t have to leave half of yourself in the parking lot and drag the other half of your into the office. When the company you work with/for and the role you work in is aligned with who you are, you will be fulfilled beyond measure.