It is freaking me out to realize that since I started interviewing people for jobs in 1980, I’ve been interviewing job-seekers for 36 years.
Since I was 20 years old and a fledgling supervisor in a tiny company in 1980, I didn’t get any training before I was thrown into my first job interview.
I just talked to the person in front of me the way I would talk to anyone. I asked them about their life so far (we were the same age) and they asked me about the job.
Since then I’ve interviewed thousands of job applicants.
They are in a tough spot because so much of the conventional wisdom for job-seekers tells them to grovel and beg for the job in an interview. In reality that is one of the worst things you can do in a job interview.
Managers hire people they trust to take care of some of the manager’s problems. Who trusts someone who begs for the job?
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Source Credits: Liz Ryan in Forbes