“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Little did I know my response would not only change my life, but it could impact the life of the person asking this very question.
I was in an interview. That was the question that ultimately decided my fate. I didn’t know this job would come down to me and someone else.
Who got the job?
I didn’t. The other guy had skills. He, after all, was the assistant manager at a Burger King. I really don’t know how the guy worked out. I really don’t care how he did. I hope he did well.
The experience laid out: I was the General Manager at a Domino’s Pizza, he was an assistant manager at a Burger King. I had a college degree, he didn’t complete college.
What was the difference?
In 5 years time, I assume I would have a job like yours. At the very least I would be very close.
What I didn’t know was it typically takes people much longer to be in management in this company. Due to experience. I had no sales experience. This would have been my first sales job. What did I do?
Found another manager to interview with.
After that guy told me I couldn’t… I did. He said I have heart, I just didn’t have a head. I was a good salesperson, however, I wasn’t prepared to work towards a task that was barely possible.
Was He Right?
I was talking to another manager sometime later (for the same company). I asked this lady if she knew this guy. He just so happened to be there, after all only 2 years had passed. I gave her a message… Let Kerry know, I didn’t do it in 5… I did it in 1.
Let’s be honest for a minute. He probably was right. I wasn’t prepared for it. I didn’t get prepared until he told me I wasn’t prepared.
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