6 Mistakes Job Seekers Make When Interviewing For A Job

The marketplace is very competitive. There are many candidates competing for the same positions. Very often the skill level and competency of the candidates are extremely close. So, candidates must present themselves in such a way as to separate themselves from the “pack”. Unfortunately, there are “knock out” factors that can separate a candidate from consideration. Below is a list of common mistakes that are made, all too often, that eliminate candidates from a job they really want. Below are some job interview “killers” to avoid.

1. DO YOUR RESEARCH- When asked “What do you know about ______?” many candidates are unprepared. It is essential that you read the company’s website. Interviewers know how their company is presented on the home page. You should be prepared to give the interviewer a brief description of the company’s business model.

2. STAY POSITIVE- When asked “Why do you want to work at ________?” Your answer should reflect your knowledge of the company, and then the job. Your answer should not be about why you want to leave your current job. It should be about why you want to work at this company and in this job. “My research into the company makes me want to. . . ”

3. ASK QUESTIONS- Be prepared to ask questions, but make sure they have not already been answered! Every candidate prepares to ask a few questions. When, or if, the interviewer asks you if you have any questions, be absolutely sure that the subject of your questions have not already been covered. If you ask a question that the interviewer covered, it will be clear to the interviewer that you do not have good listening skills, and this can eliminate you right then and there.

4. REMAIN PROFESSIONAL– Interviews are not a two-way street. The interviewer is in the lead. They ask the questions, and you answer the questions. It is very important to keep this in mind, particularly if the atmosphere becomes casual or very comfortable. It is essential that you remember that you are being interviewed, not talking to a peer or a friend. This applies no matter what level position the interviewer holds.

5. LISTEN WITH BOTH EARS- Listening does not mean waiting for your turn to talk. Keep eye contact and pay attention. If you are on a phone interview, make sure the interviewer has completed their question. Do not talk over them. Listen carefully to the question. If you rush your answer you may not be hearing the question fully. This takes less than a second to do, but that will be the difference between being respectful or disrespectful.

6. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ASKED- Make sure you are answering the question you are asked, not the question you wish you were asked. This is crucial. It’s natural to want to share something you accomplished. And your resume should address highlights or major accomplishments, but if you are asked a direct question, your reply should be direct and succinct.

At Career Path Group, we make every effort to make our candidates aware of the Do’s and Don’ts of how to present themselves in the best possible light. The “given” is the candidate has the skills, education, background and experience our client are requesting. The unknown is the human element. How the candidate “handles” the interview process.

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