We’d have a list of skills like “smart, works hard, ambitious.” Those are not skills, those are personality attributes or general attributes. Because of this, we’d end up picking people out of the process who “seemed impressive.” That makes sense, doesn’t it, to hire impressive people? Related: 7 Interview Questions To Help You Hire Superstars JT fundamentally disagreed. “Looking for ‘impressive people’ doesn’t tell you anything about how this person thinks, what their work quality will be, or how they will perform in the role, because it’s not evidence of the skills that role requires. General impressiveness is how to make friends, or admit people to colleges. It’s not how you hire for a specific job. You need to first deeply understand the precise skills the role will require for success.” Instead of talking about general “impressive” attributes, we now list the tasks they will do, then the skills necessary to do those tasks. Something simple, like this: Job Task: Talking on the phone to authors. Skills needed: Good conversational skills, good listener, empathy. Job Task: Managing 20-30 author projects at once. selection processSkills needed: Good organizational skills, very attentive to detail, very task oriented.
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Be tactful: only mention small improvements. What the interviewer really wants to know: How ambitious are you? This will provide you with information on how to have a more successful interview next time. Take a small, neat notepad and pen to write down important information the interviewer may tell you, and after the interview, the questions you were asked, so you can work out better answers to any you fluffed. “I bought your Instant Interview Coach package a few days ago. When you have not prepared ahead of time, you may ramble when answering interview questions, sometimes talking yourself right out of the job. Take a seat facing the interviewer, but slightly off canter. Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it. By learning to quickly reduce stress at the moment, though, you can maintain a relaxed, energized state of awareness—even when faced with challenging questions—and remain focused and engaged.