November 20, 2017
By Raymond McKenzie
Interviewing for a new position can bring anxiety and dread. Far too often the fear of change keeps us from finding a new job that is more rewarding or even advancing inside your institution. Interviewing doesn’t have to be so dreadful with a little preparation, practice, and boldness.
A year ago I was ready for a change in my career. The intent was to take a few months off to paint, complete some house renovations, travel, and decide what I wanted for my next steps. Then eventually I would look for a new position that engaged my passions. It didn’t take long before something interesting came across my email….. a historic house and garden was looking for a new retail manager. Retail plus Edwardian living!
It sounded interesting but I knew nothing about gardens, nothing about this historic home, or even where the town was. I did a few Google searches to find out some general information — such as the history of the home, where it was located, some of their programming, etc. I found it interesting enough to apply knowing that I didn’t have any background in gardens or historic homes and not knowing if it would meet my needs. But hey, you have to be bold and try something new. A few weeks later I got the call, “Would you be interested in an interview for the position?” Well, yeah I was interested. Read more