8 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Interviewing Skills: Part 1
One thing I’ve found working with my clients is that we all tend to make the same mistakes when using our interviewing skills and sabotaging ourselves, and we tend to make these same mistakes over and over again, especially if we have no clue why we didn’t get hired.
While that’s pretty frustrating from a kicking yourself in the ass point of view, you need to leverage your mistakes. An analytical perspective offers a clear way to identify what is going wrong, why its going wrong, and most importantly, how we can prevent it next time by brushing up on our interviewing skills.
Here are 8 ways applicants all over the world are crashing and burning before they even get off the runway. Make sure that these are NOT a part of your interviewing skills if you want to have a smooth take off:
1. Getting Tongue Tied
Stumbling over your lips and having your eyes roll into the back of your head because a question throws you off course is a great way to look incompetent. Hey, for the right job, this is likely one of the most important days of your life—so I know you’re excited.
But for a day this big, you damn well better be prepared with some top notch interviewing skills. If you’ve already signed up for my newsletter, read my article on the 13 most common interview questions[I1] . Prepare by practicing these in front of at least 3 friends that like to laugh at you, and practice different variations of answers to different variations of the questions until its second nature.
2. Just Another Applicant
If you want to make a good impression, don’t forget you’re not the only thing they’ve got going. It takes a certain kind of candidate to stand out, and special interviewing skills to make you truly one of a kind. There are certain qualities employers look for, and the reality is that most of these qualities are conveyed with subliminal messages and subconscious influences, so yo should hone in on learning more about these types of interviewing skills. This is great news for people like us who like to hack social interactions to get results.
Once you know how hiring psychology works, you can create a dominating representation of your worth that not only strikes all the right chords with their subconscious minds but blows the conscious mind away as well. The point is not to outdo other applicants, the point is to walk onto a completely different playing field. They have a problem, and they are looking for a tool to fix it. You need to walk in their and show them you are THE hands off solution.
3. The Applicant That Just Wandered In There
Don’t give the impression that you accidentally wandered in off the street and have no idea what position your even applying for. “What’s up guys—I heard you might be hiring.” If there is one thing you developed while cramming all those useless facts into your brain for exams, it is how to conduct research.
Mastering the art of interviewing skills works the same way. Find out as much as you can about the job, the employer, and especially the interviewing managers. Talk to other workers if you need to, and find out about the individual personalities involved.
Most importantly, what does your future boss need right at this very minute? What would make their today better than the last 30 days that came before it? Be the factor that would provide that by wowing with your unique interviewing skills, and you just may have a job on the spot.
4. The Dysfunctional Employee
We all have skeletons in our closets—some more than others. Years of time wasted wandering from meaningless job to meaningless job. All those jobs you bailed on without notice so you could go “live your life to the fullest.” That year you spent selling eights of weed to college freshmen.
Those gaps can be bridged by changing the way you think about them and using them to your advantage with your fabulous interviewing skills.
Don’t just sugar-coat them though. Sit down and re-evaluate what they mean to you. What did you learn? How did you improve, and how is that improvement a godsend for your next boss?
It’s okay to have screw-ups in your past. Here’s a quick hint—we’ve all made asses out of ourselves. And employers know that no one is the shining example of everything an employee should be.
If they are, there are two explanations—1. They are hiding something huge, or 2. They always settle for middle ground and never push for the kinds of changes that spark controversy. A dynamic employee is more valuable than the paper pusher who ducks their head behind the cubicle and avoids the radar. By reframing your mistakes and admitting them, you show you are capable of individual evolution.
Be sure to Read Part 2 of this Article to find out more ways we often sabotage ourselves so you can avoid these blunders in your own interviews! Being prepared and having your own unique interviewing skills is your ticket to success!