I have to admit that I still like the “what is your biggest weakness” question. It tells me if a candidate is actually going to be honest with me or not. I think a better way to ask it would be “what would your last boss say was your biggest weakness?” You can see the steam come out of their ears sometimes….
Regardless, Jeff Haden definitely has the right idea in proffering alternatives to horrible interview questions.
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Many successful people fear being discovered as an imposter. So when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re in good company!
One bit of self-help that really helps is the idea of “embodied cognition”, or how our posture and body affect our emotions as well as the reverse. Think of putting your hands on your hips, or flying like a superhero or the winner’s pose on a podium, literally, before a high-stakes social evaluation like a job interview, presentation, or speech.
It makes you feel more confident, therefore you project confidence, and people will find you more credible, likeable, etc. Sound weird? Try it out after watching the TED talk on how body language shapes who you are, or read the Harvard study.
And remember, you’re good. Otherwise you wouldn’t be there.
*Thanks to Jack Malcolm at Practical Eloquence for reminding me of this phenom.
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