In your professional (and even non-professional) life do you come across opportunities where you can say or act in a manner that will leave a positive impression. Absolutely!
Matt Tanner, mentions the countless other potential opportunities to “interview” that he had missed over the years — the email from the secretary asking for a volunteer to drive the CEO to the airport. The open call for speakers at a job fair for college students. The weekly one-on-one with his boss where he typically just said things were “going well” before asking him what he needed from me.
He drives the point home by showcasing this situation
But can you be “on” all the time and not be disingenuous? According to Matt it is possible and lays out the “how” to make is happen.
While it does take constant effort to operate this way, a funny thing happens when you keep doing it: It becomes second nature. Eventually, you stop focusing on making an impression just to get a job (or a promotion — or even a date). You worry about the impression you make because, intrinsically, you know it’s the right thing to do. The fruits of that labor are an added bonus.
How much better would I have felt if I’d put in the hard work to absolutely crush that short meeting update? Who cares if anyone else noticed? I would have gone home feeling great about myself. And there’s nothing disingenuous about that.