Interview Don’t

Posted July 25, 2011 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves

In January, I wrote a post called “The most important question YOU can ask in an interview.” That question is, “What reservations do you have about hiring me?” As a follow-up to that post, I want to give you a “don’t” when it comes to asking this question.

Last week, I interviewed a candidate for an open position, and at the end of the interview, the point where we asked if she had additional questions she said this, “Do you have any concerns about me? That way I can refute them now.” My reaction was, Whoa lady, that’s a definite concern. This question isn’t a setup. It isn’t a ploy in an interview process. Yes, it’s an opportunity to quell any concerns they might have. But you shouldn’t say outright that’s what you’re doing. It was like someone saying, “Why don’t I read to you from my prepared list of weaknesses and strengths?”

So the moral of the story is this: if you’re going to ask the question, ask it with gusto, confidence and assurance – pointedly and professionally. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking like a scared, lost puppy who can’t find its way to a job interview.

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Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."