Can we stop playing games in job interviews?

The charade of not showing all our cards is about the dumbest thing ever.

Espen Jørstad is the 2022 World Champion of Poker. He pretty much knows exactly when to show his cards and when not to. And even Espen knows the job interview is the time to show all your cards.

(We’re assuming. None of us talked with Espen about it. But let’s pretend he totally agrees.)

The interview is not the time for the candidate or the interviewers to play it close to the vest. It’s the opposite.

The interview is when both sides should lay it all out on the table. It’s the time to be completely transparent, forthcoming, and honest.

As an interviewer, you’re saying, “here’s everything there is to know about our organization, our culture, how we do things, our expectations of one another, how you’ll be compensated, etc.”

As a candidate, you’re saying, “here’s everything I bring to the table, what it’s like to work with me, how I tackle tasks, how I like to be managed, what I’m looking for in an organization, how I’ll contribute to the culture, etc.”Lots of etceteras on both sides.

Afterall, you’re both agreeing to spending a whole lot of time together.

Skills can be taught. Procedures can be learned. A mutual good fit is what really counts. When both sides are engaged, respected, committed, you can pretty much accomplish anything.

And now a wise prediction.

You’ll interview a candidate for your VP of finance position tomorrow.

Before the interview, give the candidate all the job information you can, including the SALARY information!

During the interview, the candidate will be forthcoming and truthful.

You’ll be the same.

You’ll both leave happy.

A wise follow.

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