A Lesson on Likeability
Getting Over Being Liked in An Interview
In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Tyann Osborn about prioritizing organizational fit in the job interview. Many women tend to approach interviews with an emphasis on charisma, but TyAnn explains why focusing on likeability above self-advocacy and intuition can be detrimental to finding an ideal fit. From dodging the good girl phenomenon to redirecting bad behavior, TyAnn reminds us we interview to speak on our strengths, skills, and expertise not to show off our charm. Let us go forth and abandon the “like me, like me not” daisy from the school days, and instead crack down on our homework to get the dream job!
Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
Co-host: TyAnn Osborn
TyAnn Osborn has spent her career enabling business leaders, managers and employees to improve their performance and effectiveness through innovative professional development and strategic talent solutions. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Ty was the Global Director of Human Resources for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, an organization with a $2B+ endowment dedicated to improving the lives of children in urban poverty. She has also held executive and global leadership positions for Dell, PepsiCo Food Services, and CSC Consulting. Ty currently lives in Dripping Springs with her husband, 2 daughters and furry, farm family members.
Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):
- Organizational fit 1:55
- Likeability and its setbacks 2:55
- "Good Girl" phenomenon 6:36
- From interviewee to interviewer 9:50
- Calling out misinterpretation (respectfully) 13:34
- Onions have layers 19:26
- Responding to red flags 23:00
- Homework: How to Nail the Interview 24:34
- Femme fact: Women’s History Month 28:20
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Gavin de Becker (author)
- The Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons (book)
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (book)
- Go Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham (book)
- Own It. Love it. Make it Work. by Carson Tate (book)
- Where Are the Women? (report by National Women’s History Museum)
Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “How to Show Off Your Strengths During the Job Search” by Dawn Shaw.
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