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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Forgetting or Ignoring The Question | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 722 I discuss the impact of doing this and how to fix it.


I have been doing a series on what I call stupid interview. This 1 is 1 of the classics. I remember experiencing it when I was a beginner... And when I was junior.... And I remember experiencing it very recently! It's the classic thing of forgetting or ignoring the question and just start talking about what you think I want to find out about you.

This is a sin committed by beginners and experienced interviewers alike. I have to tell you that you veteran job hunters are often the worst offenders. What happens is is that you start to anticipate my questions because you been on so many interviews. As a result, you think you know what I am looking for. So you decide to offer it up. And what you think. I'm looking for isn't what you think it is. I'm really just asking the question and from there I want to probe.

Your job as the job hunter is to guide me through your background.. By following the script of the questions that I ask. I have an agenda. Employers interviewing you have an agenda.. They want to learn what you know and what you are like that relates to the organization and what they are looking for in a new hire.

When you go off on these long tears (long is in excess of a minute and 1/4).. The impact of doing this is that I start to zone out. I know employers do because they tell me this all the time.. "I could listen to me after a while, "I said to me a while back.. As a result, you want a failing on the interview..

You think you're crushing it out of the park because you are basking in your own magnificence when, in effect, you are losing your audience and, unfortunately, you're talking yourself out of a job..

Again, most people do it because they think they know what someone is looking for.. But you really don't.

Interviewing requires that you answer questions and 30 seconds to 1 minute and 15 seconds TOPS! While I suggest that? Why do I say that that is important? It's because people stop listening after a minute and 15 seconds. You are anticipating clicking away from the show now, right?

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 business life 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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