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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Treating It As Though There Is a Two Way Street

EP 866 This is one of the dumbest mistakes people make when they interview– not treating the interview like a two-way street.


The mistake I want to call attention to is stupid. It is not treating the interview like it is a two-way street. I understand that for a lot of you when you are young, there is the tendency to think of your potential hiring manager, your potential boss, as though they are some demi-deity looking down their nose at you, making it seem like they are superior to you. That could be furthest from the truth.

What the trying to do is evaluate and assess you. Most of them are not feeling as though they are high and powerful and all that sort of nonsense. Think of it from the standpoint that you have rights of the interview, too. You want to know what their expectations of you are, what the job is good be like, what it's like working there and need to arrive with some questions. After you answer something that they ask you about, you might just simply ask, "How does that fit into the role?" In this way, you can learn more about the job as you answer their questions.

For example, they ask you something, you answer and continue by saying, "How is that involved with the job that you are hiring me for?" They will tell you about it and it makes perfect sense. If it doesn't, you have learned something about them and that is useful to you.

Everything needs to be about you learning information about them as much as they learning about you. You need to understand what you will be stepping into in the way of a role, its responsibilities and have successful be measured. I want to come back to that one – – how success will be measured.

It's funny how often I talk to people who think success in the job is about one thing when it is about something completely different. Don't sell yourself short. Don't put yourself in the position where they are the powerful ones and you feel like a loser. Where they are up high and powerful and you feel weak and passive.

No one likes week people during dating; we want to talk to people who relate to at that doesn't involve superior-subordinate situations. The same thing is true on an interview.

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. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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