In my native language we have an idiom that goes like "to check/sync own's watch". It means, to verify with yourself that you are on the same page with something. To make sure you know the latest tendencies and are following them.


I go to interviews "to check/sync my watch" with the current status of the IT business.

Meaning: I go to interviews to make sure my knowledge and salary are matching what currently the companies are looking for.

Now, what's the corresponding idiom, if any, in English? Thanks.


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A comparable idiomatic expression would be keep up (with).

I go to interviews to keep up with the current status of the IT business.

Cambridge Dictionary:

keep up (with sb/sth) — phrasal verb with keep; kept

to do whatever is necessary to stay level or equal with someone or something:

Technology changes so fast, it's hard to keep up with it.


have/keep your finger on the pulse

to be/stay familiar with the most recent changes or improvements:
The situation changes daily, so you need to keep your finger on the pulse.


A magazine editor has to have her finger on the pulse of fashion.


  • I think this is a more apt idiom than the accepted answer. Sep 28, 2016 at 14:55

Consider one of the following:

  • to stay/keep/be up to date with
  • to keep/stay abreast of
  • to be on top of
  • to keep track of
  • to be/keep in touch with
  • I think stay up to date [with] is the best all-purpose equivalent. Sometimes it's good to do a reality check. Sep 29, 2016 at 15:31

Another possible colloquialism:

  • to have one's ear to the ground

From Dictionary.com:

Also, keep one's ear to the ground.

Be or remain well informed; be on the watch for new trends and information. For example, "She knew she'd succeed as a reporter if she kept her ear to the ground."

This graphic expression probably alludes to listening for distant hoofbeats by putting one's ear close to the ground. [Late 1800s ]


You could say you want to refamiliarize yourself.

To familiarise with something one previously was familiar with.

It's debatable whether this is a "real" word, but any English speaker will know exactly what you mean.

I go to interviews to refamiliarize myself with the current status of the IT business.

You could also consider some of the synonyms to familiarize:

make conversant with, make familiar with, acquaint with; accustom to, habituate to, instruct in, teach in, educate in, school in, prime in, introduce to; brief in/about; informal put in the picture about/with, give the lowdown on, fill in on, get up to speed on/with

Also note the difference between American (-ize) and British (-ise) spelling.

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