Wrong Turns

Wrong Way

I have the benefit of having to go through traffic circles pretty regularly. I like them – they’re an efficient way to clear up bottlenecks in traffic with the one qualifier that you must have people who know how to drive in them to make them work well (and safely).  Every day, I’m reminded on how this qualifier, while nice to have, is more of an anomaly than a reality.

 Today, I witnessed an out-of-state driver enter one of these traffic circles, and begin to turn into the oncoming traffic (albeit several glaring signs, painted markers in the road, and cars coming from the other direction).  It gives a gentle reminder to the rest of the world that you really need to pay attention to the signs to be careful that simple mistakes don’t happen.

We all make mistakes in life, work, play, etc. It’s part of learning how to do things better or different.  The issue becomes whether or not someone learns from the mistake.  Hopefully our lost driver has.  Mistakes happen in job search just as with anything else in life – anything from simple spelling mistakes, misreads during an interview, blurting out something negative during an interview, wearing sweatpants to an employer and asking for an application, or my personal favorite, the dilemma of sharing “too much information.”  The last one is often the proverbial “Kiss of Death” that seals shut the opportunity to land the next interview, or the job.

If you’re not doing it already, you should be taking notes during and after your interviews (you won’t remember weeks afterwards).  Think about what went well, and what didn’t. You could even put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and concentrate on what they might have been looking for in your responses.  These notes will help you with preparing for the next step and improving your performance the next time around.

And just in case you’re looking for good examples of taking wrong turns – this piece appeared on Gizmodo recently.  Talk about taking wrong turns. Take time to learn from mistakes, wrong turns, and miscues. Look for the signs that are out there.  They happen to all of us, just ask yourself if those mistakes are avoidable or worth repeating.

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