Noth­ing but the truth

Friday - - Editor's Letter -

’m a warts-and-all type of girl. Ask me a ques­tion and I’m bru­tally hon­est – of­ten to the point where I make people flinch. I think I’m miss­ing the flim­flam gene that most people use to dodge the truth. When my friend was up­set as her chil­dren were not in­vited to a col­league’s wed­ding, I re­minded her that her two lit­tle boys had de­lib­er­ately run all over the bride’s train in their muddy shoes at the last one they at­tended. And when my mother asked if I liked her new (very short) hair cut, I told her it made her look older – and just like my grand­mother. Need­less to say she quickly grew it back.

I would never lie to get my dream job. Asked dur­ing my in­ter­view for Fri­day why I left one pow­er­house com­pany in Lon­don, I ad­mit­ted I couldn’t work for a boss with mega­lo­ma­ni­a­cal ten­den­cies, even if he was one of the most suc­cess­ful pub­lish­ers in the city.

My an­swer would have hor­ri­fied the HR pro­fes­sion­als quoted in our ar­ti­cle on who say that an in­ter­view is “not the place to be yourself.” Of­ten you have to “fake it to make it,” ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts, but is that about omis­sion, self-con­fi­dence, ex­ag­ger­a­tion, or telling fibs? Let me know what you think!

Un­til next week,

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