Leadership Tip

How to ace that interview

The first few moments of your interview can have a decisive impact on how well the rest of it goes. My research has shown there are four main errors people make when trying to make a good impression in job interviews.

  1. Don’t brag. It’s natural to talk about your achievements, but this can make you look unlikeable, which matters as much to potential employers as competence. Instead of talking about your own talent, focus instead on the hard work that went into your successes.
     
  2. Check your inner narcissist. All of us are a little self-obsessed, but don’t let that manifest itself in a sense of superiority, or in arrogant or off-putting behaviour.
     
  3. Remember what follows hubris. If you compare yourself with others and have yourself coming out on top, this might leave your interviewer feeling that they are also being judged and coming out of it badly.
     
  4. Avoid the humble brag. This is when you say “I’m too much of a perfectionist” when asked what your weaknesses are. Interviewers see through this tactic. Be sincere about your shortcomings and you’re more likely to come across as likeable, competent and motivated. 

The above leadership tip...
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