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Self-awareness helps you thrive in interviews and on the job

Understanding who you are, who you are not, possessing emotional intelligence make a lasting impression on search panels, recruiters

Hudson, Harrington
Hudson, left, and Lotzar

Feb. 14, 2020
By William Ehart

A critical component of managing your career is self-awareness. The quality helps guide which jobs you apply for, how you handle interviews, how you deal with not getting the job, and how you do the job if you get it.

Your behavior in those areas makes an important impression on executive recruiters and search committees, who can pick up a lack of self-awareness.

“Never come into the interview and be somebody you’re not,” said Bill Hudson, partner in the Washington, D.C. office at Heidrick & Struggles. “Be authentic.”

“Search committees are looking for a whole person, they’re not hiring a resume,” said Shira Harrington Lotzar, recruiter and executive coach at her own firm, Purposeful Hire.