Don’t try to outsmart the interviewer by trying only to figure out what they want to hear. “Okay, they want to hear this answer, so that’s what I’ll give them.” Don’t make a game of it. Rather, be completely authentic, but put everything in a positive light. The impact of being false in an interview is that you can go to work for a manager or an organization where, within a few weeks, you’ll find out that you made a terrible mistake. And then guess who is going to suffer? You. And that’s what we want to avoid.
When you start your job search, you ask yourself about what’s important to you in the next job or organization. I would find it hard to imagine that you answered that question saying, “I want to work for a bunch of very difficult individuals who are going to be argumentative and abusive to everyone they meet and like to stab people in the back. I want to be next.” You were looking for positive circumstances, for something that meets your needs. Honesty and authenticity can deliver you to that situation.
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