Common Misconceptions In An Interview

Don’t Show Weakness: Actually, it’s okay to have a flaw or two. If you tell a potential employer that you are perfect, they know you’re lying. Everyone has flaws. When asked about flaws, some people are told to say something like, “My only flaw is that I’m too committed to my work”. That’s a terrible answer because it shows that you didn’t prepare for that question. Sure, you don’t have to prepare to answer every question, but something like, “So tell me, what are some of your weakness?” is so elementary, everyone knows most employers are going to ask it so prepare to answer it.

  Don’t try to hide your flaw. These days, companies want to know that they’re hiring people, not robots. So when you’re asked about your flaws, the best thing to do is to tell them the flaw, then tell them what you’re doing to fix it. That shows the employer that you’ve identified a weakness in yourself (very important that you can do a self assessment) and that you are taking corrective action to improve.  

Hold Your Questions To The End: Not true at all. Sure, you have to have a couple of strategic questions reserved for the end of the conversation, but you can’t hold all of your questions until the end because the conversation can quickly turn into an interrogation. Notice I said “Conversation”. An interview should be a 50% - 50% conversation.

 

Don’t wait until they ask you if you have any final questions. Try answering a question and asking your next question on the tail end. “With that in mind…?” “Which brings me to my next question, what…?” “That ties into my next question. How do you…?”

 

What’s the best question to ask at the end of the discussion? “What concerns do you have with my ability to perform in this role?”

  When they tell you their concern, make sure you understand the true concern, then overcome that concern and get agreement.  

Feed it back to them: “So what you’re saying is, your only concern is ____. Is that correct Mr. Employer?”

 

Overcome the concern: “Let me tell you why that shouldn’t be a concern.” (Give them a significant accomplishment that you did that combats that)

 

Get agreement that the concern has been eradicated: “Does that address your concern Mr. Employer?”

 

Ed Rosa is an Executive Recruiter specializing in the Medical & Professional Liability Insurance industry with Tallmadge & Hill, a twenty year old search firm specializing in Insurance and Financial Services. Copyright © 2010 Ed Rosa. All rights reserved. For inquiries regarding reproduction or distribution please contact Ed Rosa at erosa@corpga.com   

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