Final Interview Mistakes That Will Send Your Candidacy Down The Drain (VIDEO)

3 mistakes people make at final interviews that will send their candidacy down the drain.


I thought I would do a video today about mistakes people make and final interviews The proof so costly and send their candidacy down the tubes.

1. You don't prepare. Preparation doesn't have to be A big dramatic thing. You can start off by looking at the LinkedIn profile the person you will be meeting with So you will have a degree of comfort Derived from knowing what their background is. Do a Google search to find any recent stories about them which, specifically, if you're an executive candidate, You want to know about these changes so that you can raise comments in conversation during the interview. If you are a staff level individual, you want to be familiar with some of them so that you can have a conversation with your future boss about them.

2. You start to feel bold. You start to feel cocky. As a result, you start to make new demands at the interview. That makes them scratch their heads and ask themselves, "What's with this person?" If you change your thinking about the role, you don't do it in the interview.You don't get arrogant. What you do is you stick with the program so that in this way there are no surprises.1 of the big lessons in recruiting is that surprises are rarely good. After all, If you're an employer and you start to hear a potential hire start to go crazy over money and talk about getting much more time off than raised previously, it just makes you scratch your head and go, "Where did this come from?" In much the same way for you as a job hunter you have been discussing one price and they come in $30,000 less, you go, "HUH?" They are no different.

If you start making crazy demands that come in and out of the blue, they will become turned off your candidacy.

3. This 1 can happen at any point in the interview, but final interviews are particularly treacherous about this Because in many organizations leadership is very good at it facilitating you taking your guard down. The mistake here is becoming too casual and to open in your conversations.

I remember an incident some years ago where client flew someone in for an in person interview because of the rare skill and experience this person possessed. They were prepared to relocate this person for the role. He met with his future boss and she asked him a question. His response was, "I will go into the detail once I am on board." In her mind, it was a brutal response even though what happened is they were so friendly with one another that he got to a point where he forgot that she was assessing him. As a result, he was turned down for this role and they hired someone else.

For you as a job hunter,, as much as they may be friendly and open and all sorts of happy along the way, they are still evaluating and assessing you. They are doing it in every moment of the conversation AND even in the pre-conversation. During the scheduling. At the receptionist desk, how you interact with the receptionist. In organizations that have them, 1 of the things I have heard time and time again is how candidates were obnoxious with the receptionist and he or she comes back And comments, "Where did that come from?" And people pay attention. This is an individual that they know, like and trust and, although they may not be performing the role, they taken as a signal.

Again, there are no "formalities" In ian interview. Everything offers them an opportunity for their BS detector to go up and cause you to be rejected.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching. offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. 

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4 thoughts on “Final Interview Mistakes That Will Send Your Candidacy Down The Drain (VIDEO)

  1. Very interesting take on the issue, Jeff.

    Having dealt with a host of recruiters and prospective employers/clients, I have noticed some shades of each to a degree. It’s been my experience that the universal unwritten rule is to not drink your own Kool-Aid. Being self-aware is great and empowering, and knowing what you have to offer is never a bad thing…but trumpeting it before you walk into the room, or resting on it like a crutch in meetings is a death knell that too many overlook. They still don’t see the line of demarcation between confidence and arrogance. That is a costly thing to be ignorant of.

    I would like to say that I haven’t seen the “too casual/too friendly” aspect though. Not personally at least. In fact, quite the opposite. Of those meetings that were hit out of the park, they were the ones where the most unrestricted dialogue happened. If you treat it like a deposition or interrogation, it’ll come off as one. It needs to feel organic. You’re interviewing them as much as they are you. People all too often neglect to remember that. Probably not a good idea to play “pull my finger” or tell vastly off color jokes in a meeting…but in my experience, they prefer the more direct folks over the meek/hide-in-my-own-shadow folks.

    Though that could be broken down to, “What does Company XYZ want from an employee? Leadership or another bobble-head?”

    Answer that in your first 2 minutes of the meeting and that should help you determine what mannerisms to adopt. And yes, you as the prospective employee NEED to suss out your recruiter in those first 2 minutes. You need to determine if they are placing a sheep or a wolf for Company XYZ and act accordingly.

    Good vid though. Well done.

  2. Thanks for the kind words. There is a lot to cover in a short video and I appreciate your take on the subject.

  3. Lots of tip-toeing involved in the interview process. When the interviewer does things that temp us to “relax”, we shouldn’t fall for it.

  4. +SW Sweetie that is very true. Interviewers do that for a reason and it is not to help you relax. Is it is so that you to open up and reveal things that you might otherwise not reveal.

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