Thursday, May 7, 2020

lessons ~ a 2015 throwback post

I interviewed that week of 2015 for another job, in another forest, in another state.  Don't get me wrong... I came to love what I did there, we loved the area, liked some of the people and knew I would miss them when we leave.  But this area isn't offering everything that we need, and so it is time to move on.  When the Forest Service tells you that you need to be able to live in a rural area they aren't kidding.  The closest hospital is almost an hour away.  Fast food ... an hour away.  Shopping, pharmacies, clothing ... an hour.  But that isn't really that much of an issue.  You get used to the drive, the scenery is incredible, and you learn to plan your trips to take advantage of as much as possible.  But we both needed to work, and with only three "local" businesses for my husband, we just needed more options.

Interviewing with a panel over the phone is always interesting.  In a way, it feels like The Dating Game.  They ask questions ... I ask questions ... without any idea what each other looks like.  Then at the end of it all, they decide whether or not they want to make me an offer, and I decide whether or not I want to accept it.

As always you get those questions that are supposed to somehow tell them everything about you.  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?  What have you learned in your current position?  What have you accomplished?  Why do you think you would be a good fit in this position?

If I were to interview for my next life, what would I have learned from this one?
  • I've learned that if you can't laugh at yourself, you have no right to laugh at anyone else.
  • Praise in public, criticize in private.
  • Sandwich criticism between compliments.
  • Never ask someone to do something you aren't willing to do yourself.
  • Be willing to consider other perspectives.
  • Think outside the box.
  • Apologize when necessary.
  • It is always necessary when you've made a mistake.
  • Take responsibility for your actions.
  • Find the humor in stressful situations.
  • Be willing to learn something new.


  1. Those are powerful life lessons. Wisdom borne of pain - but worth it.

  2. Excellent lessons, i like the way you list them out.


Thanks for stopping by and catching my words!