It’s always smart to make friendly conversation during a job interview. You and the interviewer are, after all, trying to determine whether you want to work together — and informal chit-chat is a great way to do that.
But don’t think good conversation alone will land you the job.
She said she learned early on that her “judgment could be really impaired by a great conversation.”
Braverman continued: “Someone being personable doesn’t necessarily make them very responsible. Even though it’s more fun to interview a personable and charming person, I now really look for people who are very responsible.”
Or, if she is looking to hire someone for an administrative job that requires a lot of attention to detail, she hires a candidate with a high GPA, “even if they’re not necessarily personable.”
Why? “You don’t get great grades unless you have worked really hard,” she told Bryant.
So, there you have it: Your ability to chit-chat or make real conversation may land you a new friend — but not necessarily the job.
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