5 Reasons Why Being A Yes Man Will Not Get You The Job

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One of my favorite phrases from movies I’ve seen with the family is from the penguins of Madagascar, when skipper says, ”Cute and cuddly boys. Cute and cuddly.” And it’s like that in a job interview too. Just smile and nod, right?

After all, you’re the humble job candidate dealing with the successful prospective employer. So there’s no way you’re going to disagree and ruin any chance you have of getting the job.

While that might seem like the safe road, being too agreeable could actually cost you a job.

Unless you’re applying to be a cog in the system, employers don’t want to hear that everything is OK from their candidates when it isn’t. Employers want to meet and hire folks who are honest, forward thinking, and spent the time to learn about the company.

Here are five tips to disagree and still land the job:


Honesty is key

If you are directly asked your opinion or given the opportunity to share your opinion, be honest! No employer wants to hear about how their company is perfect in every way when it isn’t. In the end, an employer wants to hire someone who can offer a fresh perspective to improve.

Keep it positive

Just because you aren’t saying yes to everything doesn’t mean you can’t be positive. Employers want to hire folks who have a positive outlook. Adopt this attitude: if things aren’t working right now, they can change and be amazing!

Be respectful

While you should be honest, this isn’t license to be rude. Respect the interviewer by keeping eye contact and not editorializing your observations with snarky or biting comments.

Don’t make it personal

​​​You can be critical of the company, but be factual and steer clear of anything that can be construed as a personal criticism. Offer suggestions for change and be honest about the company. Do not involve the person interviewing you or any other employees of the company. You want to demonstrate that you have done your homework and have helpful insights regarding how to improve a company position, not be billed as the ”most offensive interviewee ever.”

Have an idea

Anyone can criticize, but the best employees have solutions. If you’re going to share your opinion about an area that can be improved, have an improvement in mind. Otherwise, you will just be complaining. Nobody likes a complainer. Prepare for this moment by brainstorming before your interview to have ideas.


Tony Morrison is the Vice President of Business Development at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract, and engage their next rock star candidates. Find this author on Twitter and Talent Connection. And, connect with Cachinko on Facebook or Twitter.

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