Help Others to Help Yourself
What I learned from being an interview advisor
I’m an interview coach. Having been in this role for many years now, I’ve learned that there’s so much to learn from those who “know less.” When I first started out working as someone who would help others prepare for interviews back in university, I was pretty qualified — I was part of the prestigious first aid team known for giving difficult 6-part interviews, and I was also the president of one of the healthcare clubs on campus. I was responsible for interviewing others and would oftentimes have my friends turn to me for interview, résumé and cover letter advice. But as I continued to help others and coach others for their upcoming interviews, I noticed that the way that some of my friends answered questions were unique and interesting — not what a conventional interviewer was looking for but still rather insightful. And that unconventional viewpoint really gives an edge sometimes, when you can answer their question well but also give them a new perspective to think about.
I quickly learned that it’s important to learn yourself while helping others — and even more so, through that process of helping others do you yourself learn. By listening and sitting through the different thought process of each person, you can amalgamate that into your own style, helping you to gain a more rounded look at the topic at hand. Each person provides a different point of view and when you’re able to help others, you gain each of those unique perspectives. Furthermore, the process of helping others with whatever you’re familiar at also helps you to sharpen your skills and keep you in practice. Helping others will help you become more familiar, more experienced, and more comfortable with the topic at hand. So next time you have an opportunity to help someone improve their craft, help them, because it helps you too.