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What’s Actually OK to Say in a Job Interview... It’s not all about your credentials.

13 September 2016


The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question, “How do you avoid hiring the wrong people?” is written by Amit Srivastav, president of IT services for Infinite Computer Solutions.

Finding the right person for the job is more difficult in execution than in theory. Even if someone has the right skills and experience, it’s hard to know with 100% confidence if they’re going to work out.The stakes can be high. A strong hire will lead the next generation of talent, forcefully advocate for their team, and deftly manage business crises. But a bad one can lead to a company’s downfall.

The first thing I do to mitigate the risk of a bad hire is clarify what I’m looking for in a good one. For starters, they must know how to approach people with confidence and humility, demonstrating that they can boldly execute, but are also open to new ideas.

I also pay close attention to what motivates the candidate. A strong sense of self-awareness and honesty about how they’ll manage a job are key. The job interview process is stressful, and everyone of course will paint themselves in the best light, but I find it refreshing when a prospective hire outlines a thoughtful approach of how their personality would uniquely fit with a job

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