(AKA why interviews are easier when you have a child):
- You’re used to darting from one topic to another, no ball is too curved for you to catch its drift, to mix my metaphors (I know it won’t throw you, just like those rapid changes of direction in an interview, you’ve practised this for hours every day with your little ones).
- Thinking up answers to complicated or unexpected questions is second nature to you. (Why do ducks quack, anyone?)
- You’ve ample experience of reflecting on your own performance and identifying your weakness (ahem, I mean, areas for growth), frequently having an able assistant on hand to point out any flaw you may have seen fit to overlook.
- Having a dialogue without a child climbing over you or needing to be extricated from a highly dangerous situation is not just easy, it’s almost relaxing.
- Making yourself understood and getting your point across is a skill you’ve been honing since your little one could crawl.
- You revel in eye contact – being more used to looking at what’s happening out of your direct eyeliner when you’re talking to your friend opposite, being able to look the interviewer in the eye not only gives them a positive impression, it makes you feel rather more human than is often the case.
And of course, when you go home afterwards you have the perfect distraction – no time to go over and over your performance or get hung up on how you did, your child will be too busy assigning you a multitude of new jobs, with no need for interview. Game of coffee shops, anyone?