Being Interviewed

Being interviewed for a new job can be one of the most nerve-racking work-related events we can experience. There is a tremendous feeling of vulnerability, as we are giving someone the permission to evaluate and even judge our work experience, character, and personality. We are revealing to a complete stranger everything that gives us any type of worldly value. We reveal past decisions we have made (good and bad) and even past decisions of former bosses and employers. If we are not selected for the role, we tend to let this impact our pride and ego.

The ultimate thing to remember as we prepare for a job interview is God’s sovereign hand. Proverbs reminds us that God can move the hearts of kings to grant you a position that can achieve His good purposes (or not), for the same good reasons: “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).

Trusting in God’s good love for you and what He knows is best is the primary focus of this issue. I must admit that my lack of trust in God’s sovereignty is the source of all my anxiety over my circumstances and worry about future events. This has been a sanctifying lesson that God continues to teach me. He has always been faithful to His promises and His character, regardless of whether the outcome is to my liking or not (Genesis 50:20; 2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalm 115:3; Proverbs 16:9). However, there are practical aspects of a job interview that we can consider as well.

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Each of the principles in Biblical HR is based on Scripture and provides biblical authority. I recommend Biblical HR to anyone in leadership, especially those who oversee a team of people.

Glyn Knight
Pastor of Congregational Care – Summit Point Church