The Biggest Job Interview Mistake
You naturally go to interviews with the intent on establishing that your needs will be met, like those considerations about pay, benefits, etc. These questions are perfectly reasonable. But, ask those questions too soon, and you tell the interviewer that your personal needs are more important to you than the job’s deliverables. That’s not a good message to send…
- Don’t just regurgitate what’s on your resume, dive deeper into it and explain what you’ve done. Weave your experience into a story that takes the interviewer on a journey as you explain how your experience will translate to the position you’re applying for.
- Show your future employer what you will specifically contribute that someone else can’t. This is your time to shine so don’t hold back. A word of caution – avoid these two phrases: ‘I’m the best in the field.’ and ‘You won’t find anyone who’s as dedicated as I am!’
- Demonstrate that you’re a team player and that you’re willing to learn. Talk about a time you worked collaboratively on a project when you’re describing a current responsibility to demonstrate that you’re a team player.
- Show respect to everyone. You could be the most qualified candidate, but if you treat people poorly you’re not going to get the job
- Have a two-way conversation with the interviewer. A job interview tends to be a one-sided examination of skills. However, you can turn any interview into a two-way conversation by asking the right questions like common interest, long term goal of the organization and create a massive impact on your ability to win job offers.
- Time your questions well. Timing your questions is very important because once a hiring manager has decided to offer you the job, s/he is eager to close the search and get back to work. At this point, your questions and needs will be met with serious answers and greater flexibility..