Recently we had to do an assignment that aimed to prepare us for interviews. We had to write several adjectives that we felt described ourselves and then had to write about situations in which we felt we exemplified those traits and ones in which we didn’t. It was sort of an infuriating assignment at first, to be honest. It was during a rough week and seemed it like busy work at first. However, even though I wanted to hate the assignment, I couldn’t help be see how it could be helpful. I’ve had plenty of interview questions that caught me off guard, or that I didn’t think I had answered well at all, and these paragraphs about myself in different situations (cue high school college admissions essays), were ready made answers to the always-favorite, “Tell me about a time when you failed and how you fixed it,” kind of interview question.
Overall, the assignment made me think about myself in terms of my strengths and weaknesses. It was helpful to put this into a short paragraph form in order to be able to use it, or at least some form of it, later on when I am interviewing for veterinary positions less than a year from now. It’s a good backup to have, especially because we may not have time in fourth-year to put together the same kind of interview packet.
Knowing yourself is a great tool for succeeding in interviews, but also for feeling a little more confident in being able to use your strengths, and even your weaknesses, to your advantage going into a career that requires some ingenuity and medical focus.