It’s all too often we see great, talented candidates missing out on their dream job. They’ve got the right level of skill and expertise but they don’t quite make it to the final round of interviews. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes candidates make:
#1 – Not being prepared
Your interviewer is probably going to ask you more than just the basics about where you worked, and when. They get that all from your CV. To get a feel of your aptitude for a job, your interviewer is going to take advantage of the allotted time and flesh out everything he or she needs to know about your capability to not only do the role but to understand why you can do it better than anyone else. So be prepared.
Jot down your Unique Selling Proposition (USP). Be prepared to give examples to demonstrate your capability. You have 15 minutes to captivate your interviewer and convince them you’re the one for the role.
#2 – Complacency
You’re in the driver’s seat during an interview, not the other way around. Show your genuine interest in the company and the role. Often candidates are passive and only respond to question when asked. Go that extra step and steer the conversation in the direction that allows you to highlight your career and your strengths.
#3 – Thinking your work experience is enough
So you meet all the job criteria. That’s awesome – so do 20 other people. What do you do that can complement your role? Perhaps you have a mentor? Or a blog that discusses industry trends that are relevant to the role? Did you know that ‘You are three times more likely to become a top performer if you have a mentor. You’re five times more likely to get promoted, and you’re 20% more likely to get a pay rise.’ (Collective Hub).
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