The Power of Saying Yes

Bethany Jenkins | February 22, 2016

It’s common wisdom that the question most likely to be asked in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.”

But that’s not true.

The most common interview question happens before the interview even starts: “Did you find our office okay?” or “How was your commute?”

Be careful how you reply. Your answer will likely determine whether you’re hired. Most employers say they make up their mind about candidates based on the quality of their small talk, and one-third claim they know whether to hire someone within the first 90 seconds.

This is why, when I coach people about their careers, my most common advice is, “Just say yes.” Even if you were in a five-car pileup or saw a fight on the subway, your answer should be positive. “It was great. Your directions were helpful.”

More than Interviews

This isn’t just true for interviews. As colleagues, we should be known as people who say yes. “Do you have five minutes to talk through this problem with me?” Yes. “Could you help me with this project?” Yes. “Can I get your advice about something?” Yes.

Wouldn’t it be great if we, as Christians, were known by our colleagues as the most helpful…

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