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099: Don't Make these Fatal Interview Mistakes

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Don’t Make These Fatal Interview Mistakes

I do a lot of interview coaching with my clients.

I write about interviewing.

I have done several podcasts around the job interview.

I’ve conducted dozens of actual interviews in higher education, nonprofits, and retail management.

I am considered an expert in interview preparation.

In light of my credentials, and because it’s near Halloween, I decided to give you my Unlucky 13 Fatal Interview Mistakes.

Probably not in the way you are thinking.

Rather than talk about specific questions candidates answer “wrong,” I want to talk about the bigger picture here.

The Fatal Interview Mistakes

The fatal ways in which candidates show up improperly for the job interview.

  1. Interviewing “just for practice.” (This can absolutely come back to bite you in the butt.)
  1. Not doing your homework on the company/product/industry. (Which means, among other things, that you won’t be able to articulate how you are the perfect person for the job.)

  2. Not doing your homework on the people you will be interviewing with, whenever possible. (Think foot in mouth.)

  3. Not preparing your Challenge-Action-Result (CAR) stories to answer behavioral interview questions. (You simply can’t ace an interview without preparing for the behavioral questions, and you can’t wing them, either.)

  4. Not being able to clearly and concisely articulate your brand differentiators. (Why should they hire you over the sea of candidates they are considering? If you don’t tell them, who will?)

  5. Minimizing your achievements/qualifications. (This one’s specifically for the ladies – it ain’t bragging if you can prove it.)

  6. Showing up late / on time. (On time IS late.)

  7. Not making a good first impression with your appearance. (Top to bottom, they are judging you on first impressions.)

  8. The dead-fish handshake. (Especially if you are a dude shaking a woman’s hand.)

  9. Leaving the interview without a clear understanding of what’s going to happen next. (Not only do you need to know what’s next, it will make you look more interested in professional when you ask.)

  10. Not showing your enthusiasm for the company, the position, the product, etc. (They need to know you want THAT job, not just ANY job.)

  11. Being discourteous/dismissive of ANYONE you come in contact with at the company. (What – you think they don’t share this information?)

  12. Thinking there’s EVER a time during this process when you aren’t being interviewed. (From the initial contact to set up an interview, to you getting out of your car in their parking lot, to your manners over lunch…it’s all interview.)

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So...We’re not meant to be happy…healthy…wealthy…successful all the time. If we were, we wouldn’t appreciate it. We would simply expect to be happy…healthy…wealthy…successful, all the time. There’s another piece to this, and it is getting back up again.

Blog: Is Your Work Fueling You? Case Studies of Career Shifts

09/28/2017 Career Management
Are you fueling your passion with your work, or is your passion starving in your work?

Blog: It’s All In Your Head

09/21/2017 Life Coaching
No matter what results you’re getting in your life—good or not so good—you can trace those results back to your thoughts.

Blog: Five Tips for Using LinkedIn in a Discreet Job Search

09/13/2017 Job Search LinkedIn
Sometimes, a job search needs to be covert, because you don’t want your current employer finding out what you’re up to. Here are five tips for utilizing LinkedIn for a discreet job search.

Blog: Decisions…In Life and in Hurricane Irma

09/06/2017 Life Coaching
I’d like to offer some parallels between the decisions we’re making about Hurricane Irma and the decisions required of us in our daily lives.

Blog: Are You Squarely in the Center of your Passion?

08/23/2017 Career Decisions
Over the years, people have shared with me the ways in which they aligned their passion with their work. Here are three examples:

Blog: Your Life Purpose…So Much Bigger than a Job Title

08/17/2017 Career Decisions
purpose is what you are uniquely designed to do, and extends far beyond the boundaries of a job title or company.

Blog: Pursue Your Passion…with a Safety Net

08/16/2017 Career Decisions
Here are five ways to pursue your passion while keeping your safety net

Blog: Unhappy at Work? Change Your Thoughts

08/09/2017 Career Management
Your thoughts produce EVERY result in your life. Yes, EVERY result. No exceptions. So, to change your experience in the world, some thought hygiene needs to happen.

Blog: Don’t Leave Your Current Job Before Reading This!

07/20/2017 Career Management
Here are some considerations when deciding whether to move on from your current position.

Blog: What’s Missing On Your Resume?

07/12/2017 Resumes
Let’s talk about what might be missing on your resume – those things that might be keeping you from being optimally qualified for whatever’s next in your career.

Blog: What Are You Doing to Grow in Your Job?

07/05/2017 Career Management
Let’s talk about how to infuse some new life into your job.

Blog: How Job Satisfaction is Affected By Your Personality

06/28/2017 Career Management
Let’s talk about how your job satisfaction can be affected by your personality preferences.

Blog: Stop Spending All Your Time on Job Boards! Do This Instead

06/21/2017 Job Search
My advice on job searching on other than job boards.

Blog: Are You Spending Enough Time on LinkedIn?

06/14/2017 LinkedIn
If you value your connections on LinkedIn…value what LinkedIn can do for you professionally…you MUST spend time on LinkedIn. Not negotiable.

Blog: “Why Should I Network? I’m Not Job Searching!”

06/07/2017 Networking
Maintaining – and growing – your professional network is one of the most important things you can do for long-term career/business success.

Blog: Don’t Let Thoughts Haunt You During Three Points in Your Career

05/24/2017 Life Coaching
There are three key points in your career when you’ll want to check your thoughts.

Blog: How to Fail at Networking

05/17/2017 Networking
Here’s what many people do wrong in networking…and how you can avoid these traps.

Blog: Three Quick Tips for Updating Your LinkedIn Profile

05/10/2017 LinkedIn
Here are three quick tips to make sure you’re getting the most from your LinkedIn profile, based on the things I see on others’ profiles and the things I get the most questions about.

Blog: Five Tips for Cultivating Relationships with Recruiters

05/03/2017 Career Management
For some of you, the concept of having relationships with recruiters may be a new one. Let's examine.

Blog: Are You Fulfilling Your Life’s Purpose?

04/26/2017 Career Management
My theme this month has been “assess” – assessing your current employment situation, your resume, and your network. We’re wrapping up with assessing the degree to which you are fulfilling your life’s purpose.

Blog: Networking: Are You an A+ Student or a Dropout?

04/19/2017 Networking
Today, I offer three tips to assess your network.

Blog: Is Your Resume Job Search Ready?

04/12/2017 Job Search
Whether you hire a professional like me or do it yourself, here are five top tips to make sure your resume is job search ready.

Blog: Is it Time to Look for a New Job?

04/05/2017 Career Management
How do you know if it’s time to look for a new job?

Blog: Change Really IS Good: Lessons from the Other Side

03/29/2017 Life Coaching
I want to share what I’ve learned with you, in hopes that it will either encourage you to make a much-needed change, or help you through a change you’re in the midst of.

Blog: The Job Interview: How to Wrap It Up

03/22/2017 Interviewing
Today, I want to talk about the three things you MUST do when closing out an interview.

Blog: Five Top Tips for Resume Writing

03/15/2017 Resumes
My Five Top Tips for Updating your Resume

Blog: Five Top Tips for Keeping Your Resume Current

03/15/2017 Resumes
Your resume should be a marketing document, not a “data sheet.”

021: Taking Care of You During a Job Transition

03/07/2017 Other
Today, we’re talking about managing the mental, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of a job transition.

Blog: Maximizing the Impact of Your LinkedIn Heading

03/02/2017 LinkedIn
Today, let’s talk specifically about your heading-the statement at the top of your profile, underneath your name.

Blog: Networking: This is How it’s Done

03/01/2017 Networking
Wow. I was blown away by an email I received from a client yesterday. I want to share the essence of that email with you (personally identifiable information removed, of course) because “Joe” is doing everything right.

Blog: Why Hoping, Wishing, and Thinking are Bad

02/22/2017 Life Coaching
How Hope Can Hurt.

Blog: What are you lacking as a job candidate?

02/15/2017 Job Search
Lee Hecht Harrison recently surveyed 277 human resource managers to find out what was missing from the job candidates they receive application materials from.

Blog: Seven Tips for Moving into Another Job with your Employer

02/08/2017 Career Management
Here are my seven top tips for making a seamless transition to a new department

Blog: How Does Your Persistence Measure Up? Take This Quiz.

02/08/2017 Career Management
Whether you are persisting through rejections in the job search process to get to your dream job, persisting through the steps necessary to launch your own business, or persisting through the many demands on your money to save for that trip-of-a-lifetime…the common denominator is persistence.

Blog: The Job Interview…Ouch!

02/01/2017 Interviewing
Job interviews aren’t what most people would call FUN. BUT…interviewing can be successful

Blog: How to Be ARFO…Always Ready For Opportunity

01/25/2017 Career Management
conducted research on my past clients in the summer of 2015, and one of the themes that emerged was what I like to call ARFO…Always Ready for Opportunity.

Blog: Set Goal, Do the Work, Achieve Goal. Rinse and Repeat.

01/19/2017 Life Coaching
What are you putting off because you think it will be too hard? You might lose? It might “cost” too much (money, time, whatever)?

Blog: When Leaving isn’t Feasible…

01/18/2017 Career Management
When clients complain to me about their job, I tell them they have only two choices: change their circumstances, or change their attitude.

014: The Opposite of Networking is NOT Working

Your network should be something you maintain at a low, consistent, but significant level at all times, so Let’s talk about networking from a career management perspective.

Blog: College Graduates…More Top Tips So You Don’t Derail Your Career

12/14/2016 Career Management
Last week, I started a thread of the Top Seven Tips for College Graduates. Here are the remaining tips:

Blog: College Graduates…Don’t Derail Your Career Before it Starts!

12/07/2016 Career Management
Seven Top Tips for Transitioning from College to Career

Blog: Five Unusual Things to Be Thankful For

11/30/2016 Other
I’m proposing an unusual gratitude list…those things that, at least in the moment, don’t seem to be blessings at all.

Blog: How to Get Your Leg in the Room

11/16/2016 Job Search
The bulk of your job search should be focused on getting into the companies you have identified at your target employers.

Blog: Tommy Gun or Bow-and-Arrow Job Search?

11/02/2016 Job Search
Targeting is the Name of the Game

Blog: Job Search or Root Canal? You Choose

10/28/2016 Job Search
There are some similarities: with both the root canal and the job search, you’ll feel much better when it’s over; you’ll also be very sensitive during either process.

Blog: Don’t Let your LinkedIn Connections Die! Do This Instead

10/19/2016 LinkedIn
Today’s blog is my top 10 suggestions for cultivating relationships once you’ve connected with someone.

Blog: Networking on LinkedIn…Not the Thanksgiving Roaster Pan

10/12/2016 LinkedIn
Today, let’s talk about who you should connect with, and how to do so.

Blog: LinkedIn…Networking at its Best

09/28/2016 Other
Whether we are employed or entrepreneurs, we need time to reflect on what is, and isn’t, serving us. We also need time to look forward, set goals, and lay out the action steps to achieve those goals.

Blog: What is Your Resume’s Message?

09/21/2016 Resumes
What most resumes I see DON’T include is the candidate’s brand…those attributes that differentiate him or her from the competition.

Blog: Rethinking Your Resume

09/14/2016 Resumes
How are you utilizing your resume, and what results are you getting?

Blog: Why We Should All Be More Like Hurricane Hermine

09/07/2016 Other
During and after Hurricane Hermine, I got to thinking about the lessons we can all take from a hurricane

Blog: A Different Way of Thinking About Resumes

08/31/2016 Resumes
I decided the only way I would write about resumes was to take a different approach. The same approach I take with prospective clients during our phone consultations.

Blog: Don’t Let Fear Keep you from Finding your Life’s Purpose

08/11/2016 Career Decisions
The world would be a pretty-near perfect place if everyone was engaged in the thing that makes their heart sing and brings them joy and fulfillment.

Blog: Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Your Life’s Purpose

08/04/2016 Career Decisions
We’re on the topic of your life’s purpose…your passion…finding what you were put on this earth for.

Blog: Are You Playing Hide-and-Go-Seek with Your Life’s Purpose?

07/29/2016 Career Decisions
I talked about finding your passion in my last blog, and I wanted to go even deeper into finding your life’s purpose.

Blog: Why Now is the Perfect Time to Reflect on our Passion

07/21/2016 Career Management
Tragedy can bring us together…or tear us apart.

Blog: Here’s What Your Job Search Might Be Missing

06/16/2016 Job Search
It’s a brand new job search game out there…do you know how to play?

Blog: What Isn’t Working in Job Searches These Days

06/08/2016 Job Search
In this last blog, I share what tools and resources unsuccessful job seekers were using. By knowing what doesn’t work, hopefully it gives you clarity around what does.

Blog: Why Do Some Job Seekers Give Up?

06/01/2016 Job Search
Today’s blog provides insight into those job seekers I spoke with who stopped looking for a job.

Blog: Advice from Recent Job Seekers

05/25/2016 Job Search
This blog provides you with advice from recent job seekers – what they wish someone would have told them.

Blog: Using Job Boards in the Job Search

05/18/2016 Job Search
Where Do Job Boards Fit into your Job Search?

Blog: Job Search Tools – What’s Most Successful?

05/11/2016 Job Search
Changes in the Job Search Landscape Require Changes to your Job Search Strategy

Blog: How Has the Job Search Changed?

05/04/2016 Job Search
Networking is the Name of the Game

Blog: What’s Working for Job Seekers…and What Isn’t

04/27/2016 Job Search
My research results from numerous previous clients who were quick to tell me what had worked for them, and what hadn’t.

Blog: Joining Groups in LinkedIn For Job Search

02/13/2016 Job Search
I wanted to talk about joining in and participating in groups, and following companies you’re interested in working for.

Blog: Utilizing LinkedIn’s Endorsements and Recommendations in Your Job Search

02/12/2016 Job Search
Remember to build an Endorsements section that accurately represents the skill set you want to convey to those potential employers. Your skills should be on-brand, not confusing, and not duplicated.

Blog: How Employers Are Utilizing LinkedIn in the Hiring Process

02/10/2016 Job Search
If you understand how employers use LinkedIn to find great candidates, you can increase the likelihood that they’ll find you.

Blog: Networking Your Way to Your Ideal Job

12/27/2015 Networking
A targeted, proactive job search MUST include networking.

Blog: How to On-Board Successfully as a Leader (Part Two)

07/03/2015 Leadership
Let’s talk about the people you are likely to encounter on your journey.

Blog: How to On-Board Successfully as a Leader (Part One)

06/26/2015 Leadership
It’s important to on-board successfully so that you start off on the right foot.

Blog: The Value of Job Search Coaching

06/19/2015 Job Search
Today’s job searches are more complex, multi-faceted, and less intuitive than ever. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

Blog: Understanding Personality During the Job Interview, Part 4

06/12/2015 Interviewing
We come to the final preference pair of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Judging vs. Perceiving.

Blog: Understanding Personality During the Job Interview, Part 3

06/05/2015 Interviewing
In this blog, I want to talk about how a person derives his or her energy - and the implications of that orientation to the job interview.

Blog: Understanding Personality During the Job Interview, Part 2

05/29/2015 Interviewing
In this blog, let’s talk about how people make decisions.

Blog: Understanding Personality During the Job Interview, Part 1

05/19/2015 Interviewing
Let me provide you with some insight into how to navigate various personalities during the job interview.

Blog: Five Simple Resume Tips for College Grads

04/24/2015 Resumes
Simple Resume Tips for College Grads

Blog: Job Search for College Grads

04/22/2015 Job Search
Clearly, for some, the job search is an afterthought in the matriculation process.

Blog: The Interview: Know Thyself

04/03/2015 Interviewing
You Have to Know Yourself to Succeed in the Interview.

Blog: Answering the Toughest Interview Question

03/27/2015 Interviewing
I have found the most difficult question for candidates to answer is often the first question asked. And because it’s the first question, if you’re not prepared with a strong answer you’ve sabotaged your entire interview.

Blog: Developing a Tool Kit for your Job Interview

03/20/2015 Interviewing
Your preparation for the job interview should be far more comprehensive than for a first date, yet so many people go into interviews with little to no preparation.

Blog: Job Interviewing and Dating

03/13/2015 Interviewing
It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much experience you have, or your level of education…interviewing is stressful.

Blog: Tools for Networking During Your Job Search

03/06/2015 Networking
As we wrap up this thread, here are some additional networking insights:

Blog: Organizing Your Networking Contacts During Your Job Search

02/20/2015 Networking
Once you’ve established your target employers (you have done this, haven’t you?), then your networking contacts will fall into one of four categories.

Blog: Networking…A MUST In Your Job Search

02/13/2015 Networking
You’ve heard it before…75% of job opportunities are in the “hidden job market” and the only way to have a shot at those positions is through networking.

Blog: LinkedIn Job Search: Joining Groups and Following Companies

01/28/2015 LinkedIn
Joining Groups and Following Companies In LinkedIn to Help Your Job Search

Blog: LinkedIn: Endorsements & Recommendations Boost your Job Search Efforts

01/21/2015 LinkedIn
As you “ramp up” your LinkedIn profile to make a positive impression on potential employers, remember to build an Endorsements section that accurately represents the skill set you want to convey.

Blog: Organizing Your Job Search

09/20/2014 Job Search
Here’s a Job Search Reality: Organization is a MUST in the job search. It doesn’t matter whether you use one of the on-line job campaign systems such as JibberJobber, an Excel spreadsheet, or file folders, the point is you must stay organized throughout your campaign.

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