Okay, fine, there is usually is. But I especially love this one. It’s about job interviews and it’s telling me (and others) that being a drone on an interview doesn’t necessarily help you get the job. Instead of following every single standard procedure and giving the “right” answer, there are other ways to ace an interview – even ones you wouldn’t really expect. The question is “What is the craziest thing you’ve ever said or done in a job interview – and still gotten the job?”
There are stories on this thread of people being blatantly honest and unguarded in an interview, and being rewarded for it. Yessss. Even if some of the behavior is borderline inappropriate, it set the interviewee apart from the rest and showed that he/she had some personality and backbone. Personally, if I were hiring someone, I would definitely want to know that they would speak their mind and give their opinion. It’s where the best work comes from. A drone that could give the best “standard” interview answer would not cut it for me. Not to mention – people remember the unexpected. When you ask someone how they’re doing, it doesn’t really catch their attention if they simply say “I’m doing well.” But if they say, “I’m really thriving today, feeling fantastic and energized” – it’s not going to just slip by your ears.
Check out the thread and think about what honest statement you’d make in your next interview. I can tell you that this has already paid off for me – I’ve had two phone calls with prospective freelance jobs that went well because I gave my honest opinion on a project. The guys were happier because they knew how to figure out their next steps and prioritized their ideas.
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