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Top 5 Things You’re Doing Wrong In Job Interviews

These things are why you are passing them…

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Let’s not waste time on a pointless introduction and dive right into it!

There’s gonna be some things in here you may never even thought about…

Myth 1: It’s all about selling yourself to them

Not entirely false, but not entirely true either.

This is what every hiring manager is wanting you to do, which is exactly why you should do the opposite.

I DON’T mean for you to not sell yourself; what I mean is you should make them sell themselves to you!

You need to realise they’re looking for someone to fill the position just as much as you’re looking to get a job.

The best way to change up the dynamic and get them to speak is just to ask them questions back.

Make sure the questions are thought-provoking enough to require more than a few seconds of thought, but also relevant enough so it doesn’t waste their time.

Some great questions to ask (in a “curious” tonality and not a “demanding” one):

  • I’ve been looking at a couple of similar positions at various other companies; some small, some a bit larger than this one. So I’m curious, are there any other benefits of working here than say working somewhere like…Company ABC, apart from the attractive salary?
  • What do the current employees here enjoy the most about their jobs do you think?
  • I get that the point of a business is to make money, but will there ever be a situation where I would be asked to prioritise revenue over customer experience and value? If so, what kinds of situations would that be?
  • What is a typical week like working here?

Make them tell you why you should join their company and not their competitors’.

Don’t be the person who’s always going “LIKE ME, LIKE ME!!!”

It just shows desperation and neediness and no one wants to be around someone like that.

Myth 2: You must wear a suit and tie

This is so obviously untrue and yet so many applicants still think they can dress their way into getting the job.

Nobody is gonna care about if you’ve got a $2000 Hugo Boss or $5000 Giorgio Armani.

They only care about whether or not you can do the job!

Besides, not every occupation requires a suit anyway.

Have you ever seen a car mechanic in a blazer and bow tie?

Or what about an ethical hacker?

For most professions, as long as you don’t turn up in a hoodie and tracksuit bottom, almost anything else that's casual will go along just fine.

You DO NOT want to be that guy who shows up dressed smarter than his boss!

Myth 3: Only talk about your strengths

The number one question that stumps most people is “What is your greatest weakness?”

People come up with all kinds of wacky responses for this one.

Do you know what the most common answer is?

“I tend to work too hard”

Do you know what you sound like when you say this?

A FUCKING arrogant brat.

Employers hear this response ALL the time and it’s literally one of the worst answers you can give!

Some other terrible examples include:

  • I have a hard time saying “no” to people
  • I focus too much on the details
  • I’m too much of a perfectionist
  • I get annoyed when people don’t work as hard as me and slow down a project

These are all dickhead things you should avoid saying at all costs!

Never try to disguise a strength as a weakness. It shows insecurity and dishonesty and they’ll see right through it.

On the other hand, you also don’t want to share a weakness that’ll prevent you from doing the job.

So negative attributes like “procrastination”, “impatience” or “unable to multitask” are a no go.

Here’s the best way to answer this question:

1. Find something that even the top performers struggle with.

If it’s a sales position, this can be high-level skillsets like perfecting tonality and saying the words in the right way.

If it’s a management position, this can be setting and achieving goals in the most efficient way.

2. State that as your weakness and talk about how you are currently working to fix it.

Say something like “Right now, I’m looking to improve my delivery and tonality when talking to customers. It’s not too bad at the moment but there’s certainly room to get better. I’ve been reading a couple of books in this area, but there’s still a lot for me to learn.”

Not bad right?

It comes across as both modest and genuine and it shows you’re willing to go above and beyond for the job position.

Myth 4: You have to know the company inside and out

No, you don’t.

Researching into the company will be useful if you know absolutely nothing about what they do, but beyond that, there’s not much more you need to look into.

The employer isn’t going to expect you to recite the history of the company and how it was founded so don’t waste your time on this kind of stuff.

If there is an important detail they want you to know about the company, they’ll let you know during the interview.

What will be helpful is to research the position and job role itself.

Familiarise yourself with the average salary so you know what compensation to negotiate for and don’t end up getting ripped off.

Find out what the job is like. What are the downsides? What are the benefits?

Myth 5: You have to be fully qualified to do the job

I cannot even begin to describe how stupid this idea is.

Think about it logically for a minute.

In order to become fully qualified for a position, you’ll need to know exactly how to execute the job, what the best practices are, what mistakes to avoid and possess tons of experience under your belt.

But if you’re just starting out, how are you supposed to have any of these insights when you’ve never tried the job in the first place?

Makes no sense right?

And yet, so many people still believe this myth to be true.

Even if you believe there’s almost no chance you’ll get the position, go apply for it anyway!

You don’t want to be the person who doubts themselves into unemployment, or worse — a job they absolutely hate but only work for to pay for the bills.

Think of it this way, if you’re underqualified, let the boss fire you. But if you don’t even apply for the job, you’ve just fired yourself!

I really hope you got something out of this article, and if it helped you pass an interview, that’s even better!

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