- I'm tolerant
- Our secrets that go in the "vault" stay there
- I'm patient
- I tell my brother the truth instead of telling him what he wants to hear
This morning, my brother had a big job interview and I could immediately tell that he was really nervous.
So, like any good sister, I offered to help him practice his interview skills and take a look at his cover letter, which he had to submit before the interview. Oh boy am I glad I did. My first few cover letters when I was job hunting were awful. I had no idea what to say, how to make it "pop" or really what I was doing. I pretty much just wanted to call the prospective employer and say, "look, I'm awesome, hire me." But sadly that doesn't work, so instead, I whipped his into shape in only two drafts (with an example of mine as a guide) and I spent an hour on the phone with him last night doing practice interviews.
We practiced some of the questions we both thought the interviewer might ask and when my brother was stuck, I used all my PR and communication's skill to help. At the end of our role-playing situation, he said, "wow, thank goodness I'm not paying you to help me. You're really good at this" (I am.) I even got an "over the phone" high-five.
So he was all ready to go and I even got him to admit (with a bit of prompting) that I am the best big sister...for now. I'm sure I'll screw something up next week.