Toughest Interview This Year

As a Consultant, I often have to interview clients.  I have learned from experience to do the following:

  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Ask strategic follow-up questions
  • Build rapport
  • Participate in active listening
  • Be interested / friendly

Well…Yesterday was the first day of school for my first grader.  I was excited to hear all about his day but he had few words.  Ok…not a problem for a Consultant who has to obtain information from strangers frequently, right?  WRONG!  Turns out, these skills are useless when talking to my first grader.

Me:  How was your day?

Son:  Good.

Me:  Ok.  What did you do in class?

Son:  Um…I dunno…stuff.

Me:  Well, like what?

Son:  I can’t remember.

Me:  Do you like your first grade teacher?

Son:  I guess.

Much of the rest of the conversation continued at this pace…FAIL!  The only time I received more than a 3 word answer was when he told me how happy he was to find the note I packed for him in his lunch.  At least there’s that 🙂  My suggestion for anyone interested in improving their soft skills, practice by interviewing my son, ha!

The lunch note…WIN!



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