TRUTH 17 Your mother was wrong; sometimes do be rude

Your mother probably told you to be polite, sit up straight, chew with your mouth closed, and don’t interrupt.

Your mother was wrong!

Especially about the part on interrupting. But, then, maybe your mother never had to conduct an interview in today’s modern world where discrimination lawsuits are commonplace.

Let’s say you begin with a common question like, “Tell me about yourself.” It would seem that this is a perfectly acceptable way to get the candidate talking about the things that matter most to her. What happens, though, when you ask a broad question like this—hoping to hear a discussion of past work experiences, educational background, and specific career information—is that you often ...

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