3 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

3 Interview Mistakes to Avoid

You made it to the interview and now it’s time to deliver! You’ve practiced, you’ve prayed and now you are here. So many people make it this far and fail to deliver. Whether it’s nerves, lack of preparation or just a case of being overwhelmed, you cannot afford not to take charge of the situation and close the deal. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” Here are 3 mistakes to avoid as you prepare for your next interview.

  1. Avoid sounding robotic and rehearsed

Interviews should be treated as a mutual opportunity for the company to learn more about you and for you to learn more about the company and the opportunity. Both parties should be trying to determine how the other party will be of benefit. Sounding rigid, robotic and rehearsed prevents the company from determining who you really are and if you are the right fit. Be honest, professional and real. Show them the real you.

  1. Avoid sounding over-confident and cocky

I have so many clients ask, ‘How do I sound confident without being cocky or boastful?’ The answer is focus on showing how you solve problems as opposed to how awesome you were while solving them. There are some roles that will require you to be assertive and demonstrate confidence. Learn to balance demonstrating confidence without looking, sounding or portraying over-confidence, and worse – arrogance.

  1. Avoid being abrupt and pushy

You are there to impress the company. To show them that you are the best candidate and they should hire YOU! That excitement and desire to deliver can cause to you to start rushing and quite often cut off the interviewer in anticipation of their questions and probing direction. Even worse, you never want to be the person who is seemingly rushing the interviewer through their journey of discovering what you have to offer. Quite often candidates don’t realize that they are cutting of interviewers or being pushy until they get out of the interview and it’s only been 10 minutes or someone has asked them to take a breath. Interviews are not speed dates. Make it a conversation, not a race against the clock.

Interviews provide the ultimate opportunity to get some quality one-on-one time with the recruiter or hiring manager. Don’t ruin it by sounding rehearsed and rubbing them the wrong way by coming across as being cocky, abrupt or pushy. Take a breath and allow them to see and hear how awesome you really are. Want to learn more about how to prepare for your interview and avoid costly mistakes?

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