During a recent lunch, a friend told me about an interview he had been on the week before. He wasn't in the job market, but a headhunter had persuaded him to talk with the CEO of the bank. When he told me the name, I chuckled. I know that CEO, and I'm a little familiar with their operation. I honestly didn't think that my friend would be a good fit for their organization, but I did speak highly of the CEO.

My friend seemed just a bit surprised. He said, "You know, he struck me as a good guy and all … but he had this slow Southern drawl and came across like he really wasn't up to speed with retail banking today." At that point, I laughed even harder. I told my buddy, "Never confuse a slow talker for a slow thinker. He wasn't interested in impressing you with what he knows. He wanted to find out what you know."

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