When you’re looking for a job, the stakes are usually high. High-stakes situations can cloud our judgment. And the first thing to go is often the knowledge that what matters isn’t getting every job you apply for. What matters is getting the right job—the one that’s a great fit both for you and for the company. In this state of compromised judgment, people tend to make three common interview mistakes: donning “the interview mask,” giving fake responses, and failing to see the full scope of the interview process.
(soft, mellow music) … - One of the most common mistakes … I see in interviewing is that the candidate … puts on what I call the interview mask. … They shift from who they are to … I am now the ideal candidate. … And it almost becomes robotic. … And it becomes disconnected. … And we sit there in front of somebody, … and we're not really us. … I've always brought who I am to an interview. … And sometimes I didn't get the job because of it. … But isn't it better for somebody to understand … that this is who you are and how you will interact … when you're not just sitting in that interview chair? … And does it fit with the organization? … If you understand that if you're bringing … this mask, this persona that is not … what you're really going to bring to the workforce, … you might end up in a role that is not … the right one for you. … (soft, mellow music) … We often get contrary questions. … Seeking information that might not put us in the best light. … We get those questions about, … what's your greatest weakness? …
This course includes videos from:
Bryan Cranston, Emmy-winning actor
Simon O. Sinek, author (Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action)
Michelle Tillis Lederman, speaker, trainer, and author (The Connector's Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact)
Dr. Robert Cialdini, researcher and author (Influence: Science and Practice)
Chris Voss, founder and CEO, Black Swan Group Ltd.
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