04.08.2023 Today’s Insights from Inc. Magazine: The Three Little Words Apple Listens for In Interviews
Building on yesterday’s theme of the importance of “being human” within a global organization, the short, fascinating article below may well also seem counter-intuitive to ambitious international students like you:
How one short sentence can speak volumes.
Spoiler alert: Who would think that responding “I don’t know” to an interview question could make such a positive impression?
Apparently, to Apple hiring leaders, your willingness to do this very thing typically reflects a host of favorable competencies and attributes about you as an applicant:
- A continuous learning orientation
- Intellectual honesty
- Recognition of the boundaries of your own knowledge
- Ability to collaborate more easily with colleagues (vs someone considering herself to be an expert in everything)
- Willingness to make mistakes (and presumably to learn from them)
- An inclination to try new things (and thus to innovate)
- Curiosity (and the listening skills to learn where it takes you)
- Receptivity/openness to new ideas
And really, what’s more frustrating than trying to communicate with someone who thinks he always has the right answer and has little or no interest in learning otherwise?
If our coaches can help aspiring professionals like you to realize (through our coaching) that it actually supports, rather than detracts from your reputation/personal brand within the workplace to admit that you don’t know the answer to a question, our team will have gone a long way to enlightening you about the desirability of such power skills within global companies. As a result, well-educated, often technically-savvy new grads like you might be commended on very different qualities than you would have expected, in your first performance review and and/or upon receiving your first promotion (which wouldn’t be a bad thing!)