11 Mistakes Candidates Make in Job Interviews

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11 Mistakes Candidates Make in Job Interviews

from jobseekerweekly.com
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Sneaky job interview ‘trick’ for job seekers

Diligent job seekers spend hours creating resumes & cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classifieds and networking — all in order to get an interview. Yet most of them don’t know what to do when they get one! When the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer. Now it takes 17. The key is have a great interview, where the interviewer actually pictures you doing the job.

If you want to be that person, there’s a little known secret you can put together for your next interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position, and to visualize actually hiring you — asap. Using this method guarantees you’ll stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the “must hire” list. To learn more about this ‘Secret Career Document’ and land any job you desire, check out this job interview tool kit.

Article:     Mistakes Candidates Make in Job Interviews

By Lida Citroen, Personal Branding & Reputation Management Expert

With all the training, coaching, and resources available for job seekers, hiring managers remain astounded by the missteps candidates make in interviews. When interviewing for a job or promotion, your goal as the candidate is to highlight your offer as a benefit for the company, show a direct correlation between your experience and the goals of the company, and demonstrate how your values align with the company’s belief system.

Yet, when interviewing, so many applicants make these mistakes:

1. Appearing unfocused about what you offer. It is NOT the responsibility of the interviewer to discover what you stand for, what you are good at, and why you are the ideal fit for the position they are hiring for. It is 100% your job to connect all the dots between who you are and what they need.

2. Saying, “Sorry I was late. I had an important call to finish.” This can leave the interviewer thinking: What am I? Chopped liver?

3. Asking, “How quickly can I be promoted?” Pushing too hard about next steps might tell the interviewer you have short-timer syndrome. You see this as a stepping stone and won’t commit fully to the job. It is advisable to ask about career path and possibilities in the company, but be careful about being too direct.

4. Wearing a business suit to an interview in a tech company in Silicon Valley. It’s critical to know how people dress in the industry, company, and community that you’re pursuing. While I’d always advise dressing up for an interview – it shows respect for the interviewer and the occasion – if you dress 10 notches above everyone else, you might give the impression you won’t fit into that job or company.

5. Looking at your watch, cell phone, tablet, etc. too often. If you are using your tablet to take notes on, tell the interviewer in advance. Otherwise, it can appear that you are impatient, bored, or both.

6. Not being prepared. In today’s information world, it is unacceptable for a candidate to arrive at an interview without having done research: Have good questions for the interviewer, know what the company does and who they serve, look at the LinkedIn profiles of key stakeholders, and come prepared to the meeting.

7. Disparaging a former employer or competitor. It never works to try to make yourself look better by making someone else look worse. The interviewer might worry how you will describe this interview to the next one you’ll be on.

8. Speaking in negatives. Instead of saying, “I’m not the best at details,” focus the conversation on your assets, “I’m a great big picture thinker!” If the conversation has too many negatives, even if you are refuting misconceptions, the negatives might be what the interviewer remembers about the meeting.

9. Downplaying your successes. An interview is not the time for modesty. Humility is always great, but when someone asks you about your talents, skills, passions, and goals, it’s critical that you are clear, focused, and can connect your offer to the opportunity for which you are being considered.

10. Forgetting to say “thank you” at the end. It might feel like a small step to the candidate, but the interviewer spent time reviewing the resume, preparing for the meeting, and asking probing questions. Before you leave, a verbal, “thank you for spending time with me today” is very important.

11. No follow up. The end of the first interview meeting is the start of the interview conversation. Immediately after the meeting, write a handwritten note to the interviewer(s) thanking them for their time, referencing something that was discussed, and reminding them of your interest in the position. If there is a good reason, then a quick email thank you can occur as the handwritten note is in the mail. Email should never replace the handwritten note completely.

Interviews are a stressful part of the job search. With these tips, you can maximize the chances of getting the offer – then YOU get to decide if you want the job!

Lida Citroen is an international branding and reputation management expert who designs and enhances the identities of companies, executives, and professionals. With more than 20 years of experience creating and implementing standout strategies, Lida excels at uncovering and communicating the values that operate at the core of each company and individual. To learn more about Lida, visit her website LIDA360.

Sneaky job interview ‘trick’ for job seekers

Diligent job seekers spend hours creating resumes & cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classifieds and networking — all in order to get an interview. Yet most of them don’t know what to do when they get one! When the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer. Now it takes 17. The key is have a great interview, where the interviewer actually pictures you doing the job.

If you want to be that person, there’s a little known secret you can put together for your next interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position, and to visualize actually hiring you — asap. Using this method guarantees you’ll stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the “must hire” list. To learn more about this ‘Secret Career Document’ and land any job you desire, check out this job interview tool kit.

Maximize your exposure and land more interviews

Wouldn’t it be nice to ensure your resume could be seen by the employers and recruiters that are currently hiring? One way to do that is to post your resume on all the top job sites and niche job boards where hiring managers search for resumes of candidates to fill their open positions. That’s where a service like Resume Rabbit can help.

You enter your resume and job requirements just once – and in the time it takes to post your resume to one website, Resume Rabbit will instantly post your information on over 90 top job sites. It’s fast and easy to use! Think of all the time you’ll save by hiring Resume Rabbit to do the work for you. So if you’re ready to find a job today, get your resume posted on all the top job sites and niche career sites.

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