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Hiring Managers are Quick to Eliminate Candidates
who Make These 10 Mistakes

By Taunee Besson

If you developed many networking contacts, tailored every cover letter and resume to individual employers’ needs, and had your two best suits cleaned and pressed, you’re probably ready to schedule your first round of job interviews. Or are you?

Even if you’re the best-connected and well-dressed candidate, you may not get far if you haven’t thoroughly prepared yourself for that long awaited meeting with a hiring authority. For example, have you prepared responses to questions that are likely to emerge during the interview, or do you plan to "wing it?" Do you have a clear understanding of what the relationship should be between you and the interviewer, or are you assuming your role will evolve naturally? Have you considered what you’d do if offered a lower salary than you’re worth, or have you decided to deal with that problem when and if it occurs? Have you drawn up a list of questions for interviewers, or will you leave it up to them to do the asking?

Figuring out which career move is right for you resembles trying to find a suitable marriage partner. When you try to take a spontaneous approach to either, your chances for success are lessened. But even though careers and marital relationships are extremely important to many people, they usually spend much more time selecting a mate than they do choosing a job. While they probably shouldn’t take months or years to make a sound career move, this critical decision deserves more thought and preparation than simply "hoping for the best."

As in marriage, if it’s a good match, you’re likely to be with your colleagues for years. You'll spend hours a day motivating and mentoring each other, pursuing common goals, celebrating success and sharing failures. And you’ll be bound financially–in sickness and in health.

To guard against choosing an employer that would be a bad fit, avoid these 10 common interviewing mistakes.


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