Here are three (popular, but misguided) types of interview answers you should avoid at all costs next time you're in the hot seat:
I expect this blog will upset a few people.
But I'm okay with that. Because this is something I've been meaning to talk about for a long time, something that is fundamental to your success.
As I've said before (many times), when it comes to job interviews, resumes, cover letters, salary negotiations, annual reviews, serendipitous encounters with industry "VIPs", etc. accomplishments are the coin of the realm.
That's why I recommend you put together a short list of some of your most impressive accomplishments and add to it as often as you can.
There's one particular interview question -- one that I can almost guarantee will come up in every interview -- and it catches a lot of candidates off-guard.
Do you want to know why?
A few weeks back, Andrea and I tried our hands at one of those boxed meals. (Where they send you a box full of pre-prepared ingredients and a recipe card, and you make it yourself.)
They're supposed to be easy. But we found the process difficult and time-consuming. I even said to Andrea:
"We'd have an easier time if we made this ourselves from scratch!"
Tell me if you can relate:
"Sometimes, I wish I could just open my head up, pull my brain out my skull, slap it down on the table, and say: 'This is me. This is what I can offer. Take it or leave it. But, please, let's stop with the silly and pretentious games.'"
You've earned the right to call yourself an experienced professional. You've put in your 10,000 hours of expertise. You've "paid your dues", so to speak.
Are you a huge fan of desserts? No matter how much calories they have in each bite, ignoring what our sweet tooth craves is just so close to impossible. But if you’re looking for a sweet shift from the usual, perhaps you might want to try having a flourless chocolate cake for a change.
Ever felt like it’s taking forever for you to land a job? Have you been unemployed for quite some time now that you’re losing hope in bagging that job you’ve always wanted?
Recently, I received this email from Ellie:
Living the dream requires hard work and determination. You have to put in the effort and spend a lot of time to make your dreams come true. Having financial freedom requires a stable career or a successful business to keep the cash flow coming.