Avoid falling prey to the HR interview trap
We’ve all done it. Got 2-3 interviews out of the way, and then along comes a personnel or HR interview. Compared with senior management, this should be a doddle right?
Wrong. Be on your guard. These people deal with people every day, they are experts.
They can recognise the flaws in your CV better than anyone else. They can pick holes in you and you will never even know they are onto you.
The Hr interview trap is just that. It’s the expectations. Generally:
Before you loosen your tie and swing back in your chair sit up, beware, take notice.
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This person is setting the mood. They want you relaxed so they can more easily pick a hole in your armour. They can rape you of your deepest secrets and you walk out feeling like you have had little more than a chat with a friend.
If you are caught off guard it will be:
So when you start to feel yourself relax or chat away, sit up, beware, think about every word you say. How do you want to come across? What is your objective here?
Start to view this person as an alien changeling, some-one who on the outside looks smiley and pleasant but really they are spiky, slimy smelly creatures who want to trip you up and unceremoniously kick you out of the running. Now you are getting the right idea.