Note: This material has been extracted from Getting THE Call: Executive Coach Reveals Job Searching SECRETS Employer’s Don’t Want You to Know.
This article will focus on the Worst Mistake People Make During Job Interviews.
Here’s what I’ve learned from being an Executive Coach for more than 20 years about what you should always do after every interview.
What’s the Worst Mistake People Unconsciously
Make During Job Interviews?
The biggest problem my clients faced during role-play interviews was that they were self-deprecating; they tended to undervalue their abilities. It wasn’t until I showed it to them on video that they understood. They would say things that cast doubt in the interviewer’s mind.
For example, I’d ask him a simple question like, “How good are you at basic math?” He would say, “Actually, I hate math, and it was my worst subject in school.” Ops! Not only did he give me too much information that I didn’t ask for – but now I’m doubtful as to his ability to do the job. It was as if he thought he was getting extra points for being overly honest when just the opposite was true.
Assuming he could balance his checking account and use a calculator and/or a computer, he could have said; I have good basic math skills. If they needed to know exactly how good his math skills were, they’d give him a basic math test.
Stop screening yourself out by your self-deprecating comments. Tell the interviewer what you can do, not what you can’t do!
Also, if asked to rate yourself from 1-10 on any skill listed on your resume, if you can’t rate yourself a 9 or above, do yourself a favor – Stay Home! This is not the time to be humble, especially when they’re asking you for a self-assessment.
Your job is to sell your future potential. Know your skills well enough to do this effectively. Once you figure that out, you can apply your skills to their needs. Discussing your transferable skills, using PAR stories, against the company’s needs, as described in their job description, is the best way to get hired.
But above all, be authentic! If an employer doesn’t perceive you have a sincere interest in their organization, they can’t be sure you’ll be committed to their success.
If the job description is vague or it changes during the interview (a frequent occurrence), ask the interviewer for the most important skills they’re seeking. Then, use your PAR stories to focus on those skills.
I challenge you to share this information with others because the only way to truly own knowledge is to give it away – one of life’s great paradoxes.
An interview is NOT a conversation,
it’s a competition. And, your job is to win!
In my next post, I’ll focus on the 19+ Proven Ways of Finding a New Job in 90-Days or Less. Prepare to be surprised. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you need more help, learn more HERE.