Are You a Risk?
These are going to be the most difficult questions you will be asked. They’re going to encroach on your character, your judgment, and the quality of your decisions, both personally and professionally. Of course, the truth is that everyone is a risk. Everyone who has ever been hired is a risk. The real question imbedded in this subject is, “What kind of risk are you?” And along with that, “Am I, as a hiring authority, willing to run the risk and put my reputation on the line with this person?”
A hiring authority is trying to minimize risk and maximize a return on investment. It’s a tradeoff. A hiring authority wants to minimize his or her risk but get as many benefits as possible from hiring someone. The greater the risks you might present, the more they have to be offset by a greater reward. With every risk you present, and you know exactly what they are, you have to offset those risks with the benefits you can provide. The greater the benefits you can demonstrate and the more risks you can mitigate in your being hired, the better chance you have.
Candidates don’t recognize the risks that they present to a prospective employer. In fact, many things that you think are a positive might very well be a big liability. Get your coach to help you recognize what the risks are with hiring you. Then, be ready for the questions.