For many people, the interview is the make or break moment of a new job or career. In her book “Radical Candor: Be A Kick-Arse Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,” Kim Scott explores finding the sweet spot in management, somewhere between obnoxiously aggressive and ruinously empathetic. Here she recalls an interview she had with Apple CEO, Tim Cook. Following is a transcript of the video.
So Tim Cook is what I call a quiet listener, and when I interviewed at Apple, somebody warned me, “Tim is extremely quiet. Don’t let it unnerve you.” So Tim had asked me about what was the biggest mistake I made at Google and despite the warning, I didn’t pay enough attention, and I started maybe confessing because he was so quiet. I started confessing a little bit more about this mistake than I really needed to be telling a perfect stranger in an interview. And I realised all of a sudden that I was about to tell him something that probably was going to cost me the job and happily there was an earthquake right at that moment and Apple’s headquarters is built on these rollers and so the whole building was sort of swaying, and I realised I had been saved by the bell, and I took the opportunity to say, “Tim, tell me what’s going on in this building,” and the engineer and him couldn’t resist explaining to me about the rollers and the way the building was built so I was very grateful to be saved by an earthquake.
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