This week, I’ve felt like a dance instructor on “Dancing with the Stars” witnessing a couple of exquisite tap dancing sessions already. This is a concern to me because I don’t have any dancing experience as a recruiter.
How does a recruiter know that you are wearing your tap shoes and are ready to dancing?
1. Your response to the question being asked is ‘long winded’. Fix: Listen carefully to the question that is being asked, give an answer that will addresses that question. Do not give a dissertation or supporting factors to the question – unless it’s asked.
2. If you hear the interviewer repeat the same question after you ‘thought’ you answered it correctly, it’s indicative that you were way off on the response they were looking for. Fix: Repeat the question back to the interviewer. Once you’ve stated the question yourself, you will have more clarity to the question. Often times we hear only what we want to hear and rush for an answer. Apologize for answering the question wrong and answer it correctly this time.
3. Your experience and the size of the companies that you have worked for may run the gamut, from a small family-owned business compared to a large corporate-America one. Questions asked may come from an angle that requires you to answer from either a small business or large business ‘mindset’. Fix: Listen carefully, ask if they want to hear the answer from a small or large business perspective? We all know that small businesses don’t have the resources or policies/procedures that a larger company has – so your answers may come across differently. Asking questions about the question is actually an intelligent response!
Tap dancing is better appreciated at a studio.