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Physicians, APs: Here’s the 1 Quality that will Earn an Interviewer’s Trust

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In preparing for a job interview, it’s important to develop and shape your answers to the questions that will be commonly asked of you. But another aspect of the interview to consider is how you’ll be perceived by the interviewer(s).

After all, no matter how polished your answers are and how impressive your CV may be, they’ll be judging you on the qualities you project, especially one quality in particular, Heidi Grant Halvorson writes over at Harvard Business Review: your trustworthiness.

“Most advice about job interviews is about how to assess a candidate’s skills, if you’re the interviewer, and how to demonstrate your skills if you’re the candidate--so that you will come across as smart and motivated,” she observes. “And there, right out of the gate, we’ve got a problem. Because the most important thing to get across in an interview is not that you are smart and motivated--it’s that you are trustworthy.”

Halvorson believes it’s the “fundamental trait that people--not just interviewers--automatically and unconsciously look for in others.”

Demonstrating trustworthiness actually comes down to two qualities, she continues, that seem unquantifiable: warmth and competence.

According to Halvorson, “Warmth signals that you have good intentions toward the perceiver, and competence signals that you can act on those good intentions.”

How then does an interviewer perceive a candidate who may be competent but lacks warmth? As “a potentially formidable foe,” Halvorson writes, “the kind of person who may not be a team player, and who may cause trouble for you down the road.”

“So, if you follow the usual interview advice and focus all your energy on highlighting your competence, and forget to telegraph warmth, your interviewer is likely to end up a bit wary of you,” she concludes. “Sure, your interviewer may only be asking about your skills, but that’s what they’ve been trained to do. It doesn’t mean you can’t answer the question they are actually asking, even if they don’t realize it.”

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, do you consider yourself to be a warm person? How important do you personally think projecting warmth in an interview is? What are some ways in which you can demonstrate warmth through your personality and answers?

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