Yesterday, I raised an eyebrow when I realised who I would be coaching later in the day. My client was a highly experienced HR & Employee Relations Advisor who has interviewed countless people herself throughout her career. People probably consider her to be an expert in this field already.
Her issue, however…was that she freezes up when it’s her own turn. Self-doubt creeps in and she’s finding it difficult to find the right answers when she’s on the other side of the interview table. So she decided to reach out for professional interview coaching!
This woman has all my respect for being so humble and actually asking for help when she knew stakes were high. She WANTED the job and would do whatever it takes!
At the end of our session, she felt so much more confident about herself, her answers, her ability to sell her skills and her chances of getting that job offer, saying that “this was exactly what I needed”.
This is what you can learn from her story:
You don’t know what you don’t know!
No matter how skilled or experienced we are, there will always be things beyond our skillset. The room for growth is infinite. The problem, however, is that quite often, we don’t even know what those gaps in our knowledge are, which makes it really hard to address them! When we don’t know what we’re doing wrong, we can end up going around in circles thinking about the reasons why and what we need to do to improve, when someone with special skills and an outside perspective can give you that clarity and guidance so much faster, and more accurately.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of wanting to remain strong!
Every family, community, country or civilisation would collapse if we didn’t collaborate. However, we live in a time where independence is celebrated to a degree that sometimes isn’t actually that healthy or sustainable. When you’re feeling like you could do with some outside help, guidance or support, I highly encourage you to do so. Asking for help is certainly not a sign of weakness. Instead, it shows that you’re committed to your own success, that you’re open to learn and that you can see the power that lies in the impressive interconnected network of people and talents that we have around us! Here at KLCC, we see it as teamwork on a national (even international!) level!
It’s always harder to see our own mistakes!
Have you ever had an assignment come back with a lower grade than you had expected? Given relationship advice to a friend which it turns out, you really should’ve taken on yourself? Been unsuccessful at something you felt pretty confident in? It happens. In fact, it’s extremely common. This is why it’s so important to practice our willingness to seek out and ability to take on constructive feedback. As humans, it’s naturally hard to see where we fall short, simply because we usually try our best, and also because we know in our own heads what we mean, even though what we say/write/do may not always come out the way it was intended. In short, we have no reason to question our own thoughts, decisions or actions, because we tried our best! What we need is a fresh pair of eyes to be able to see what we can’t.
I hope this client has inspired you to always stay humble and appreciative of the golden opportunity we have to benefit from each other’s talents.
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