I Believed in Myself and It Paid Off, You Should Too.
Welcome to my first “Quote Wednesday”.
Just in case you are wondering what this is, it’s an idea I got a few weeks ago to share one quote every Wednesday from my Instagram page and write a personal story of how the quote affected me.
Check out my profile every Wednesday for new stories, will you?
Also, if you love quotes as I do, kingly tag me on your favourite Instagram quotes and I just might write about them.
Without further ado, here is our quote of the day.
It was my first job interview, and like every graduate who dreams of a better life, I was both excited and nervous. With little work experience and getting called for an interview in a predominantly French-speaking organization; the odds of me getting the job were slimmer than a broomstick.
My family didn’t think I would get the position because of my lapses in French. They were right, but that was just half of the glass, the other half of the glass was what I had to offer other than a smooth mastery of French. I walked into the interview room very conscious of my weakness; at the first opportunity, I made it known to the interviewing panel and requested to respond to all questions in English.
I listened keenly in French and responded boldly in English throughout the interview. My focus was on what I was good at, what I believed I could do for the organization and I sold it.
I called my mom as I left the building, she was curious to know what happened and with a smile, I told her they will hire me. She was surprised and giggled in her usual way; I knew what it meant, she thought I was crazy. It wasn’t the first time I sounded overly confident about something. However, I knew the job was mine. They were going to hire me at least for my mastery of the company and their products. I reiterated my knowledge of English and basic French as a differential advantage from other candidates, and from their facial expressions, I could tell my speech had a positive impact.
A few days later I was called up to negotiate my salary and hopefully start work in two weeks. I did.
It wasn’t magic, I believed I had something special to offer despite my weak French and they bought into my belief. It was all I had, and it got me what I wanted.
What do you think you have? Believe in yourself and others will buy it.