Over the weekend, I attended a pre-holiday gathering. One of the little boys there – we’ll call him Jessie – was 4.75 years of age, soon to be a full five years old! Jessie is hilarious, smart and not afraid of asking questions – many of them. He doesn’t think questions are weird, uncomfortable, complicated, strange, stupid or silly – he just thinks they are questions.
I have been thinking about Jessie and his incessant questioning.
Will you roll down the big hill with me?
Do you want to play in the “leafs?”
Can I frost the cake with you?
How come you don’t like whipped cream?
Why do you wear lipstick?
In a conversation this morning with a client, we were chatting about the questions she feared being asked. How would she respond? What would she say? How will she remember everything? What if she messes up? What if her answers are wrong?
Jessie isn’t afraid of questions – yet.
He hasn’t learned how not to ask questions – yet.
He hasn’t learned how to fear questions being asked of him – yet.
He doesn’t know how not to be curious – yet.
He doesn’t worry about what someone else will think about his "brand" – yet.
Jessie doesn’t care if he falls down, gets dirty and gets “leafs” all over himself – give him two seconds, and he’s back at it again – full steam ahead.
When you go to your job interview this week, here’s an idea to consider:
- Ask good questions.
- Give the best answers you can.
- Be curious; stay curious.
And, if the interview doesn’t go the way you want, give yourself a couple of seconds and get back at it again – full steam ahead.