When you have the opportunity to interview for a new role you need to be ready to make the most of it. That means preparing for the interview process so you can stand out from the rest of the applicants. I’ve seen a lot of opportunities wasted because of interview mistakes so, on this episode, I explain five of the most common interview mistakes you should avoid in your next job interview.

Prepare yourself for the reality of the interview process.

The first thing I want to bring to your attention in this episode of the podcast is not exactly an interviewing mistake, it’s more a misunderstanding about the interview process. Interviewing is exactly that, a process. It’s hardly ever one conversation followed by a decision. In fact, I’ve interviewed for positions where I have gone through as many as 17 interviews with a variety of people in the company. You need to be ready for that. Every conversation you have along the way needs to be as important to you as the one before. Look at every person you interview with as if they are the final decision-maker. I want to help you prepare for the grueling process interviewing can be, so be sure you take the time to listen to this episode.

In job interviews, can you clearly articulate what you bring to the table?

One of the most common interview mistakes I’ve seen has to do with the interviewee’s inability to clearly define what they bring to the role they are seeking to fill. It’s fine to point to the “team” aspect of past experiences but don’t let that overshadow your specific role on the team and the unique things you contributed to the overall success. This can be a tricky nuance to apply to an interview conversation but I explain it fully on this episode, so I hope you’ll take the time to listen, learn, and equip yourself for the next opportunity that comes your way.

The #1 reason a leader doesn’t work out in a role: culture fit.

Don’t forget that the interviewing process is not only about assessing your skills and experience. It’s also about discerning whether you are a good fit within the culture of the company. There are many times your skills and experience may suit you for a role perfectly, but if you’re not the right fit for the company’s culture, you probably won’t be the candidate chosen. Are there things you can do to prepare for this issue? Are there ways you can better approach the interview in light of cultural fit? I’ve got ideas to share with you about it, so be sure you listen.

Interview mistake #5: You’re not the only one being interviewed when you interview.

It’s easy to fall into a type of thinking that says, “The interviewer asks the questions.” But most interviewers don’t actually WANT it to be that way. Think of it like this: If the person interviewing you is passionate about their company and the things they are doing to help their clients and serve their customers, they are looking for people who have the same kind of enthusiasm. How will they know if you have it? By the questions you ask! Your curiosity and interest in the company, its values, and the mission it is seeking to accomplish will serve you well if you learn to ask the right questions. On this episode I walk through how you can do exactly that.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:34] The scenario: a career position you want. How do you get it?
  • [2:11] First, let’s understand the interview process.
  • [4:05] Interview Mistake #1: Be unable to clearly articulate what you bring to the table.
  • [6:20] Interview Mistake #2: Avoid specifics of what YOU’ve done to create results.
  • [9:52] Interview Mistake #3: Don’t know how to set yourself apart from other candidates.
  • [13:58] Interview Mistake #4: Don’t give thought to issues of company culture and fit.
  • [18:01] Interview Mistake #5: Don’t show enough curiosity. Don’t ask questions.
  • [19:58] If you could use more clarity in your career, take a look at my course (link below).

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