I just read an interesting and very entertaining post on Forbes.com called How to Fail at a Job Interview. The author has three bits of advice for job seekers:
- Don’t miss the point. Skills and abilities are the ante that gets you the interview. According to this author, once you’re in the door people hire you because they like you. I agree to a point. What scares me about what she wrote is the last part of that advice about why people like each other and get hired… ”Why? Because she reminded me of me.” If all we hire are people who remind us of ourselves, we’re missing the whole point of diversity — we should consciously look for people who have different ideas, thoughts and perspectives. Those people may not remind us of ourselves, but they will make for a better team.
- Don’t sell yourself wrong. This advice was framed around an interview with a stripper (yes, a stripper) and the point is a good one. Read your interviewers and give them what they want.
- Don’t be a sucker. And the final advice is one I can relate to. I can be a sucker because I really, really want people to like me. Her point is — particularly aimed at women, but for all readers — don’t sell yourself short.
Interesting, entertaining post that is worth reading and will make you think.