Common Cracks In Your Approach To Interviewing

Common Cracks In Your Approach To Interviewing

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You’re likely a superstar in your functional role – able to lead meetings off-the-cuff, know your business inside and out, actively campaign on behalf of your department/group. But, when it comes to interviewing, are you making these mistakes?

Mistake 1: Not being prepared for the interview.

Being prepared for your interviews meaning having a clear strategy for differentiating yourself from the other candidates as the MVP. Unfortunately, many leaders don’t prepare (because they think they can wing-it) or if they do prepare, their efforts are limited to answering questions and having a few solid questions to ask.

Mistake 2: Not knowing what you want.

Job Search, and finding your next high-value assignment, can be about a lot more than just the role. When you’re going after jobs + money, your conversations can be flat and uninspiring. For experienced professionals, job search can be about more than a title and compensation (although those things do matter!). Going into interviews with a clear sense of self, what you enjoy and are good at, what you’re good at but don’t enjoy – all those things, and more – helps you exhibit a much more calm and confident presence.

Mistake 3: Putting all your eggs in one basket.

Having too narrow of a job search ‘plan’ can leave you without viable opportunities, especially if you’re applying the old-fashioned way of resume + cover letter (even if it’s online). Unless you are deeply connected with decision-makers, for the opportunities you think you want most, it may be more effective to cast your net in a way that honors your goals and preferences – and is also open to opportunities that may require you to stretch.

Mistake 4: Not being enthusiastic about the opportunity.

Hiring managers would love to believe that the role you want is aligned with your career goals, and that what they’re offering would be a dream assignment for you. Going into interviews with a low key, matter of fact, attitude may be engaging enough for the roles you want. If you’re not excited about a particular possibility, it may be best not to interview for it. And if you are genuinely interested, find ways to let your interest show.

Mistake 5: Badmouthing past employers or colleagues.

You’re likely thinking that this one, maybe all, is obvious. It would seem so, yet it’s a curious thing when people begin to tell their stories. They can relax into storytelling mode, as an entertainer instead a savvy candidate. The difference? The entertainer shares the thought, emotions, and feelings. And, in an interview, this may way too much if it’s shared without clear intent.

3 Ways to Get on the Right Path

  1. Take the time to build a solid foundation of clarity around who you are and what you’re looking to do – before jumping into the job search process.
  2. Be selective in your interviewing. If you’re not really excited about an opportunity, consider passing on it so that you don’t burn through your own personal resources (time, money, emotions) for something you wouldn’t say yes to, anyway.
  3. be super intentional going into an interview and communicate with purpose. Be positive, optimistic, and professional.

Common Cracks In Your Approach To Interviewing

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