Do you know, some women actively ‘do themselves down’ themselves in interviews? I’ve had experience of it myself when interviewing. Sometimes it’s really hard to get women to sell themselves in interview.
Here’s an example of what not to do:
Interviewer: “Tell us about how your experience of managing poor performance in your team?”
Candidate: “Well, to be honest, I’ve never really had to do that as my line manager did that sort of thing. I have worked alongside her though when we had an issue a couple of times, but she was really in charge although I learned a lot….”
The interviewer knows you are applying for promotion and doesn’t expect you to totally knowledgeable but starting your response with a disclaimer is really not setting the right tone. Try this:
Interviewer: “Tell us about your experience of managing poor performance in your team?”
Candidate: “I’ve had quite a bit of experience of this in my current role as my manager has encouraged my development in this area…”
The point is if you focus on areas of weakness so will your interviewer. Give them a concise response focussing on your positives. The purpose of the interview is to find out about you and that is the subject on which you are the best expert in the world!
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Posted on August 8th, 2013 by Jane