When you're prepping for a job interview, the last thing you want to do is watch Netflix. But that's exactly what Enola Holmes can teach you about work.
Sherlock's sister teaches you skills at work, we kid you not.
The hit show follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes' teen sister as she solves mysteries and outwits her famous brother.
While it's pure entertainment, there are some valuable lessons to be gleaned from Enola's escapades - particularly when it comes to nailing a job interview and succeeding in the workplace.
What Enola does can help you build a better career, when you observe close enough
The movie follows the titular character, played by Millie Bobby Brown, as she uses her detective skills to solve a mystery and help those in need. Along the way, Enola learns some valuable lessons about work that can be applied to real life.
Here are just a few of the things you can learn from binge-watching Enola Holmes on Netflix.
First impressions matter
When meeting someone new, it's important to make a good impression. This is especially true in a job interview setting where first impressions can often determine whether or not you get hired.
Just like Enola made sure she looked presentable before meeting Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes for the first time, you should take care to dress appropriately and groom yourself well before any big interviews.
Pay attention to detail
One of the things that makes Enola such an effective detective is her ability to pay close attention to even the smallest details.
In both her personal life and professional career, this skill has served her well (like when she correctly deduced that Sherlock was faking his own death).
Similarly, being able to pick up on small clues and remember important details will help you stand out at work and impress your boss or clients.
Workplace examples on picking up on the details:
- Interview questions may be asked in a fluid, informal and carefree way. But you should identify your boundaries and if the details requested of you encroach into your personal life, you should reject such unreasonable requests politely.
- Being extra observant helps you quickly detect if you are in a final interview round or you've got more competition to crush.
Think outside the box
To solve complex problems, sometimes you have to think outside of traditional methods. In work. you can't bank your chances of getting a job just by practicing on common interview questions; you got to push and brainstorm for weird, surprise questions as well.
This is something that comes naturally to Enola, who frequently uses her creative thinking skills to solve cases that others find unsolvable. If you want to be successful in today's competitive workforce, it's essential that your thinking is innovative and unique.
Sometimes, your ideas are worth more than you are made to believe and some people even quit to go explore deeper solo.
It pays to be prepared
Before embarking on any big adventure (or job interview), it's always best to do your research and come up with a solid plan.
This was something that Enola did time and again throughout the film, whether it was deducing clues about her mother's disappearance or working out which suspect was responsible for a string of robberies. She builds a solid plan and a personal brand with people who interact with her throughout the program.
By being prepared and thinking ahead, you'll put yourself in a much better position to achieve success.
In the workplace, good preparation benefits you by:
- Reducing nervousness prior to an important interview or presentation. This sort of anxiety can be further reduced with a friend's help.
- Helping showcase your strengths to the fullest extent.
- Creating a smooth transition between an old job and a new one by dealing with your notice period in a decent, respectable and legal manner.