How to give the right answer every time – you can’t. Living with saying what they don’t want to hear.

An excerpt from a television programme brought back to me a job interview, if not from hell, then a bad dream version of it. The interview’s test scenario was a failing project and my proposed actions to recover it.

I said that I would first discover exactly what went wrong by asking those who had been responsible for the fiasco. This was to ensure that it wasn’t repeated.

A look of incredulity covered the faces of all three members of the interview panel and I didn’t get the job. Something about not understanding the complexities of their organisation.

Fake it ’til you make it is good advice when you are on a roll. When you are not, don’t bother faking it.

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