040 Nine Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing

You work so hard to get the interview, why botch it? Take some time to learn the pitfalls to avoid so you dominate the interview with offers. Join Scott and Andrew as we share the top mistakes.

9 Mistakes To Avoid When Interviewing

  1. Not Doing Any Research on the Company and Position
  2. Not Preparing for the Common Interview Questions
  3. Assuming you are “Good Enough”
  4. Not Having Any Questions to Ask the Hiring Team
  5. Not Knowing Anyone Inside
  6. Forgetting To Follow-Up
  7. Lack of Self-Awareness related to Skills-Employer Match
  8. Relying Too Heavily on Nervousness
  9. Not Checking your Appearance

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This production is meant to provide you a meaningful support afraid whether you’re working or not today or jobseekers radio we cover the nine mistakes to avoid when you’re interviewing now this is a favorite topic for us we talk to people all the time about interviewing skills fair our classes and probably get every I cannot I have every employment development office in the country there are many resources to practice and yet we find that it is probably a hidden talent market for those who truly interview well and I’m not talking about those who “interview well and then turn out to be something else once they get on the job we’re just talking about having a good interview in conversation so the first mistake to avoid actually is not doing any research on the company or the people you’re about to meet right away I can’t tell you how many people Thinking that their skills will speak for them selves and they haven’t done the research I pick up on it right away and most people do I’m not special read my resume if you haven’t shown interest in my company to actually know what to talk about right away and be a very quick disqualifier most companies have an Internet presents done something that that is really friendly on your phone but they still probably have a website you can find out something about them just doing a Google search on Glassdoor It is a simple mistake that simply should not happen and in full disclosure and I realize which I walk in I don’t have enough information and I can’t blame them when they don’t call me back because I didn’t show to do that whatever the motivation is it could be but you don’t let the position but they invited you for interview anyway because now my professional credibility is the next mistake to avoid is not prepared for the standard questions that you know everybody’s going to nine interviews out of 10 I have five or six basic question things like tell me about yourself that really doesn’t have meanings or purposes as it as people who ask conversation to start a little bit about you Your answer be prepared with something they want to know that you’ve done your homework did you probably practice something before you got there and they’re not practicing these questions so the thing is you can practice your answers you are the better off you’re going to sound impressive and just say yeah I can do that that is not the standard questions are trying to find out about what is your thinking process how do you speak to people have you done your homework both about the company if you know something about me on a professional level as if my reputation has preceded me so you want to be able to answer these questions in ways that actually resonate with them if you can find out about the company values Third mistake to avoid which is assuming you were good enough make people happy only if we’re talking about that I’m done so many interviews I can wing it and be fine but chances are pretty good that you may not do as well as it is not likely that you’re going to make it to the Super Bowl I’m Goodnuf those teams never make it to the Super Bowl right seriously it takes practice it takes experience the more interviews you go on the better you get at it but it’s not just because you’ve been on a lot it’s because you’ve been making the effort when I was a performer in my youth I couldn’t remember what my coach was telling me so when I was singing I could do it again Tell Wen I haven’t practiced and she nailed me on this I was ashamed of myself but he said no you don’t get away with true in interviewing if you’re not really making the effort to improve you’re not going to intrude and people are going to do it it’s not like you can hide it you may think you’re good enough but when you go in and you give it a Mail in performance they’re going to say thanks but no thanks I wonder why they didn’t pick me up and you hit it right there we’re not talking about nervousness everybody gets nervous before these things that I have to be expected when you haven’t done your part it becomes your problem you’ll be just interested you will be looking people No you’re wasting their time I’ve had one person years ago suggest that going into an interview for which you don’t you know you don’t want the job you just want to practice your stealing time that they can’t get back don’t do it it’s just not respect I agree with that 100% that brings it to the next mistake to avoid not having any questions prepared as it is so easy to do and there’s got to be something you want to know about them the company the position of the environment whatever you want to know or have any and if you need advice on what kinds of questions to right there going to be a lot of people out there who can help you first or can you tell me what a day in the life of this position looks like that is an open ended question that elicit a response they may not be prepared for that How would you describe the person who left this position and what they did well and what you’d like to see them do differently these are all things that make them understand that you’ve thought about this question is there a written down demonstrate professionalism and when they ask you have something to give her many times people get to the end of the interview questions you are interviewing the company it’s really important that you’re prepared to interview them as well what are the nicest thing somebody said to me was when they said it’s a prize me when she said that but I told her about the fit that brings us to the next mistake to avoid not knowing anyone Posted that companies that we been interested in but we haven’t been able to network our way into the organization that’s not completely avoidable with that said there are ways for us to find people with similar backgrounds or similar education and we can find this on LinkedIn there’s usually some commonality somewhere one person or two people that we know that have a connection somehow work out as best you can try and get some kind of commonality established before you walk into an interview before you can apply right would be even better the farther up the chain of influence that you can go before there’s a post to position does it make it feel like you’re doing it yourself comes back to the research hopefully anyone listening to this podcast is going to ideas that we champion is to do your research to look into companies that Is a way to find ways to network into the organization and you’re a distinct advantage when you do that well and it Vance of any posted position or next mistake when interviewing you want to avoid forgetting to follow up if you haven’t set a thank you note after an interview shame on you if you have any kind of networking opportunity with someone and or adjacent to the organization follow up with that person whether they have introduced you to somebody else follow up include them in the follow up with you to it if there’s any questions that have been answered follow up with the answer because that shows that you’re probably follow up then to Keystone to their experience with you and is going to differentiate you so many people I mean if you’re not doing to guess what most of the other people are doing it either make sure the school this way I might be wrong about the proactive that way right I feel like the next up is a conversation with the VP or put just put it together the offer doing a background check or checking references whatever that is give them something I agree I think if were talking about differentiating ourselves having a hand written note is a really good way to do it won best practice that I encourage people to use is to have those thank you notes obviously not written in the envelope in the portfolio you taken with your written questions because the interview is finished I can go into that company lobby or maybe I’ll go out to the car but preferably in the building right now I will reference the things that I talked about in the interview again and then before I leave the building give that to the person at the front desk Their business card at least I should remember their first name the receptionist is going to know who you just visited if they have a receptionist here is your opportunity to knock it out of the park but you have to plan ahead or five of the pre-written cards with an address and it does it it takes like two minutes but it will set you apart from all the other applicants who haven’t done it is virtually immediate that could be impressive to a lot of people the most important step to the next mistake to avoiding that is a lack of self awareness of your transferable skills meaning becoming the solution to the problem and having a credible awareness of who you are the stress you bring to the table and how you can help them is really going to differentiate you from previous podcast we were giving some answers to people questioning how do I Did you have in your past so if you know the skills that you have that you’ve been able to practice at all these other jobs that you’ve had knowing about how it applies to the job you’re applying for is going to be this person has a transferable skill that would apply and be prepared with that information walking out the red carpet for you you know you have to know these things about yourself you have to prepare a response to every potential question they’re going to ask you about your skills as a relates to the company and that’s a really good point threw a curveball at you here comes a pitch deck expecting that question it’s OK to think about it it’s going to feel a lot longer of a pause it really is give it some thought and give a full answer as U girl let’s say you don’t answer the way you want to start over Humility that they’re actually going to appreciate because they know what it’s like to interview awareness of what you bring to the table the value that you can add to what they’re already doing when you can articulate that you need to help them connect the dots if you don’t practice that brings us to our next mistake to avoid relying too heavily on nervousness I would call this more like excuse that you can’t answer a question because I’m nervous I’m nervous or I never had that question before or you know I was up late last night with my kids and I didn’t get any sleep yeah you know whatever it is nobody wants yes I’m nervous that’s the reason that I am not speaking as eloquently as I might otherwise Maybe there something else that’s wrong really relying on my excuses my crutches really makes me look bad because if you can do that in the interview are you going to rely on your excuses in the workplace this is a disqualifier if you’re nervous but you’re trying it it’s obvious you’re trying that speaks well of you if you come back to you oh well I’m not answering as well because I’m nervous OK well how do we help you if you get on your crutches I can help you that’s a sign of somebody who is either not prepared experience or whatever and you’re right it is a disqualifier for any potential question maybe even do a mock interview I highly recommend practicing your interviewing skills with someone who it is either experienced at interviewing or someone who’s experience interviewing other people as a hiring manager or as a recruiter there are critters out there Excuses please always look for solutions and always overlap your skills to what problem you can solve for them so it brings us to our next mistake to avoid when interviewing and that is not checking your appearance so often we hear from people who complain that there’s too much importance placed on how I look well there is good reason why beings whether it’s human or otherwise care about the way the other individual looks there is the typical friend or foe question right it’s instinctual so when you see someone who looks like you who or who looks like you want to get to know them you’re going to build interest on the other side if you’re not coming up with an appearance that is appropriate to the conversation you’re going to have that now is taking their attention personally the way I do Parents to come up in the conversation unless you dress really well beyond that I don’t want my appearance to be a part of a conversation at all so you have to be mindful of what the other person is expecting you could ask your HR person to schedule yeah to find out for me because this is casual at Nike is much different in business casual maybe I’m getting myself but I grew up with the idea that this is casual is the same thing as business only without the time in some instances business casual is jeans and sneakers and maybe a blazer in others it’s dress pants and dress shoes but no blazer find out from the person who is scheduling the interview what the appropriate attire would be if it’s a networking event Check my flight going into the restroom going to the bathroom if you have to because when you’re nervous break your steps work in a little bit faster than it should so not to come in that you have to go the restroom so you get there early you go to the restroom and then you check the mirror and while you are moving through the building you can check the appearance of other people in the office and I generally when I say meet the expectation plus one that I want to be slightly dressed better than I need one because there is an element of self respect if I respect myself enough that I want to put my best foot forward that shows also if you give yourself enough time and you see that you’re coming in that the person says business attire but maybe I brought a tight anyway and I’m seeing other people who clearly work here and there and ties I’m gonna put that tile on the other side if they take this is casual but I’m gonna wear a tie to impress and I don’t see another time in the building Did you can’t take off your blazer and drape it over the short of it looks like rain especially if now you are mirroring their behavior which is a different topic which I think we touched on another podcast yet but that may be a topic that we we address in greater detail but there are ways for you to fit in when it matters it matters and well don’t forget your note by that I mean you should probably understand what you’re presenting to somebody so I know people that want to do is make sure that your clothes are dry clean and wash your hands if you do smoke make sure that your hands are clean take a breath mint you smell your pits whatever it takes whatever it is that is part of your appearance and on the other side please don’t wear a lot of perfume or cologne some people are really sensitive to that To Headey cologne is the one doing the interview you can actually in the interview faster and not in a good way because if you’re going to wear any fragrance at all make sure it’s light and likely rush you don’t do it right before you go in there I generally I do like to wear fragrance but I put it on the skin under my clothes so it gets in there is there are some of them out there that are so strong that they still come on strong lay outside the clothes I wear those but I’m going out to special events when I know I’m gonna be outside the nine mistakes to avoid when interviewing will have show notes available to you their resources there in to find them go to jobseekers radio.com/040 we also have a free resource for you it’s called the anatomy of a networking conversation it’s an e-book The time and your attention are truly appreciated the top of the show notes to do that it will allow you to subscribe to get future episodes and you can actually leave us a rate and review there we really appreciate the feedback because we want to make this a better product for you and the other people that find this resource because you share it with them yes please do and thank you in advance for doing so my name is Scot and I’m Andrew think you so much and 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