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Job Interview (II)

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As i promised to some of you, i would come back to the job interview i had last week. I knew yesterday that i would receive the answer yes or no today, so i mentally prepared myself for both answers. I mentally rehearsed both conversations and monitored how it felt in the body. When i was sufficiently sure that i wouldn’t be too upset, i knew that i was well prepared for today.

Pretty early in the morning i received the phone call i was expecting. It was not my job to be. The other candidate had more juridical experience and they choose him/her. So as i heard the manager say that i didn’t get the job, i realized that the practice of the day before did its magic. I was calm and was even able to ask a few questions on why they didn’t choose me. No stress, no disappointment, just an immediate sense of acceptance and of letting go.

So altogether it was quite an interesting ride. If i had gotten the job, it would have been very good as i would have had to learn many new skills and also do challenging things like speaking in front of (large) groups. I knew that there was a lot in it for me to learn. I also knew that i could not tell whether i was really suited for the job, as it was so different from what i do now. But now that i don’t got the job, its time to refocus to the work i’m doing and continue that and see what else is in store for me.

Focusing on equanimity has been the true lesson here.. no matter what the outcome, don’t focus on hope or fear but just remain aware and mindful of what is happening. Saves me a lot of stress and wishful thinking ๐Ÿ™‚

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7 thoughts on “Job Interview (II)

  1. I hope you will be successful in the next year, Pieter, have a nice X’mas time and a good New Year, regards Mitza

  2. ” donโ€™t focus on hope or fear but just remain aware and mindful of what is happening”

    Yes, indeed, Pieter! It’s tough for everyone these days. Don’t waste time worrying about it… not one second.

  3. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t get this particular job, but it sounds like you approached the application process with the best and most productive attitude possible. I wish you a wonderful festive season and a great 2017! ๐Ÿ˜€

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