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Publicado: Mar Ene 07, 2020 5:44 pm Responder citando
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Have the courage to say “I don’t know.”

I have always felt strongly about the need to admit you do not know something in a job interview. But often, it is the difference between building enough trust to get the offer and utter failure. I remember one instance in particular of a great interview gone bad.

Joe was knocking this particular interview out of the park. I was a part of one of those abominable panel interviews and Joe had nailed the hard analytical questions I had aimed between his eyeballs. Though the interview was less than half complete, in my mind, he had the job.

Then, it happened.

It was one of those traffic wrecks that you watch unfold in what seems like old-time, stop-motion cinema. Fenders crushing under the momentum of panic. Brakes squealing. As quick as a Red Bull-guzzling Mongol’s scimitar, Joe’s future with my company was lopped off unceremoniously.

And it wasn’t what he said: It was what he didn’t say. Joe could not say those three irksome words. The three words that separated him from where he was, and where he wanted to go: “I don’t know”.

The question was actually a pointless one raised by someone who had no business being a part of an interview. But there it was: a soul-crushing, unfair question that should never have been asked, but it was Joe’s lot in this interview.

I am far from the first to suggest that admitting “I don’t know” is difficult. Just Google it. It’s hard. REALLY hard. I did my best damage control on Joe’s behalf because I can look past a few dents on an otherwise pristine Porsche, but his panic had sealed his fate with the others.

Lest you miss how hard it truly is, do not let this moment pass without trying it yourself out loud. Say it firmly and add a little staccato: “I. DON’T. KNOW.”

That didn’t feel very good, did it? It doesn’t feel very good for anyone, least of all me.

I am suggesting that you commit yourself right here and right now to embrace this discomfort. Think of it like that tie you overpaid for at Brooks Brothers (yeah, you aren’t the only one) or absurdly expensive designer pumps: however uncomfortable your interview uniform may be, your step has a little extra spring because you not only are the right person for the job, but you look the part as well.

It’s like that.

But harder.

If Joe had answered, “I don’t know”, he would’ve had a new job. And if he had some relevant insight, and was calm because he was prepared to utter those difficult words, Joe probably could have negotiated more money than what was on the table when he started.

Listen to the power of these three difficult words when framed with the kind of wisdom any competent professional has inside: “I don’t know. But, if I understand your question clearly, here is how I would approach solving the problem…”

Joe was the most competent person that panel interviewed—by far—but that did not get him the job. Lack of preparation left him powerless. Take some time to prepare to deal with how to handle questions where you do not know the answer or have some uncertainties. If you can confidently embrace the limits of your own humanity, you will at a minimum impress the interviewer with your candor.

And you might be surprised to still get the offer.

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Publicado: Jue Ene 16, 2020 3:31 am Responder citando
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Amazing Post!
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