#AskDoug "What is the greatest communication component that needs improvement at the C-suite (executive) level?"
"What is the greatest communication component that needs improvement at the C-suite (executive) level?"
Part 2: "How does that differ from the rank-and-file mid-level manager?"
> Great question. I will try to say this as nicely as I can.
In my view the biggest communication problem that a lot of upper management people have is a weakness in basic social skills.
Maybe they are so far removed from trying to make a good impression on everyone they meet that they get sloppy or out of practice with basic manners and likability. I’m not saying they’re bad people. It makes sense how that could happen.
The middle management answer is easy. It’s a lack of being clear - causing way too many misunderstandings and inefficiencies.
I hope that helped
"Do you suggest a suit and tie for Zoom/video interviews?"
Part 2: "Thus far I've leaned towards staying casual, but I'm curious as to your opinion based on your suggestion to try to make it as close to in-person as possible."
> This question was asked in response to a LinkedIn post about Zoom etiquette. My answer:
If you notice in my post I said it should not be "much" different on Zoom compared to in person. So in general I would say to at least try to make it close. I think its a mistake to go totally casual on a zoom interview, because there's a chance that it might not look good to your interviewer.
So my final answer is - go with a jacket and dress shirt at minimum, and consider wearing a tie as well - i.e. at least close to what you would do in person.
I know of someone who wore a jacket and tie to a zoom interview where everyone was dressed very casually. That may be a little awkward, but it's not a mark against you. Way better to have that than the other way around.
I think if you went with jacket and dress shirt and no tie, you would still be formal enough without the risk of WAY out-dressing everyone else and feeling awkward.
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