Is it OK to Speak Your Mind and Expect an Offer?
By muevegirljackie on November 24, 2013
When I made the decision to change it up and look for a new direction in my career, I made a lot of wish lists. I wrote down the top organizations that I wanted to work for, the ultimate job descriptions, the top 10 things that would make me excited to get up and get out of bed in the morning- just a few things to get my creative juices flowing. I focused on the positive and searching for the position that could deliver these things.
Now, after working for myself for over a decade, there are some things I forgot about when working for others - the flip side to my endless lists of positives -the things I don't want in a position. I started recalling moments of micromanagement, trying to look busy on a dead day, endless conference calls with a home office completely out of touch with our local mission, the not-so-fun part of working in the real world.
The big question is, how do I find a position with a minimum of the negative stuff and a majority of exciting stuff that drives me to excel? I think I found a solution - although it might knock me out for a few assignments. Just last week, an interviewer asked me, "What would define your ideal work environment - how do you like to be managed?"
I realized I could answer this question two ways: one, the way that would be most PC and guarantee me an offer, or two, the way I really feel , which might send the interviewer running in the other direction.
I chose the second option - my true opinion. I took a deep breath and said that I like to have a manager that believes in my abilities and gives me the latitude to try. I like to have a boss that asks for my feedback, but isn't afraid to let me know when I am getting off track. When I work for someone who has confidence in me, it makes me more excited to support them and do my best for the organization. When I am allowed to express myself without fear, I become an idea machine. I am a professional and get my work done - even if I am not sitting at my desk 24/7, my boss should know that I am working.
I sat back and waited for a response. The interviewer said "Wow- that's a great answer - you're the first person to tell it like it is!" He went on to say that he really appreciated having self-directed idea people on his team. I exhaled - whew.
Let's see if honesty equals offers - I really don't think I can go back to cookie cutter responses. Ultimately, I want to work for an organization and a boss that I can give my all to - and the only way that's going to happen is if I can be up front and honest from day one. It's putting me one step closer to the perfect job - I can feel it.
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