Just a quick word for both interviewers and candidates, alike.  When I debrief each after the critical first interview, often sounds like that old Johnny Carson comedy routine, where a person tells a joke to another, and so on, for about 5 people, and the joke is a completely different joke by the time the last person has told it.

We always seem to be quite anxious to tell our story, and, thus, forget to listen carefully while the other person is speaking.  I have a suggestion (learned from my daughter, Jillian):  On critical points, tell the other person, briefly, what you heard.  This clears up mis-communication and also demonstrates an open attitude and a willingness to really listen.  Takes a little more time, but well worth it.


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