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Are You Making These Common Job Interview Mistakes?

Updated on March 18, 2014

Avoiding Common Job Interview Mistakes Is Actually Easy

Let's face it, we all want to land that dream job. Unfortunately avoiding common job interview mistakes can be quite hard unless you've prepared well in advance.

Unless you are lucky to be an entrepreneur and work from home in your pajamas (sure it's a great dream to have, but c'mon if we all did that, who would do the REAL work?), well you have to make do with the next best thing life has to offer:

A great job that pays you not only lots of money, but also gives you all these benefits that 90% of the employees ever just dream about.

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59 Job Search Mistakes You Should Avoid To Unlock The Door To The Interview Room Whilst Protecting Your Most Precious Asset

Seize The Master Key To Job Application Success: 59 Job Search Mistakes You Should Avoid  To Unlock The Door To The Interview Room Whilst Protecting Your Most Precious Asset!
Seize The Master Key To Job Application Success: 59 Job Search Mistakes You Should Avoid To Unlock The Door To The Interview Room Whilst Protecting Your Most Precious Asset!

This book contains a list of 59 crucial job search mistakes that can easily happen when searching for that coveted job - mistakes that can effectively close the doors for even getting a first interview. These are some of the main criteria that job interviewers are looking for when wading through hundreds of CVs and resumes to find those few that will make the final selection.

While preparing for a job interview is extremely important, even more important is to get the foot in that door in the first place so you do stand a chance to getting the job.


Does Your Dream Job Include All Or Some Of These Benefits?

Im talking about...

  • a great boss to deal with...
  • lots of freedom to do the job YOU are perfect for and not what somebody else is telling you that you should do...
  • motivation for doing a great job...
  • chance to learn lots of new things...
  • opportunity for real growth and career advancements (and not just a 'mention' at the next office Christmas party)...
  • great medical/health insurance...
  • wonderful like-minded colleagues to work with...
  • the perfect office ambient...

If you want to achieve these, the truth actually can have this perfect job. But there is an easily overlooked secret to getting all this:

Avoiding the most common job interview mistakes when you've gone out and found that seemingly perfect place that will land you the job of your dreams.

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The Long Road To Avoiding Common Job Interview Mistakes

Throughout the over 25 years of working in the corporate world, I've had to go to quite a few interviews. (I was always restless and got bored easily so I was changing jobs like others changed socks.)

For some interviews I was rather prepared, and for many I miserably failed. I even tried out some easy techniques for meditation to make me relax before the interview session.

Over time I've realized that if I no longer wanted to pass up on the next great opportunity for my dream job, I simply had to stop making the same common job interview mistakes.

So I've started to read books after books on job interviews, learn about the common job interview questions, went to several seminars and even paid once for coaching. I've learned lots and I've learned to keep the good and filter out the bad.

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But It Doesn't Have To Take You Years To Get There

So here are some of the tips I've picked up along the way that actually helped me get a couple of really-greally super jobs. Before, I used to job-hop every 2-3 years (sounds familiar?) The last job I had was for 11 straight years. Sadly the company eventually went bankrupt so they had to let us all go.

It was all good though because in the meantime I did want to get out of the corporate world and start out on my own, just my love for what I was doing there kept me still at the job. But that's another story for another day.

Common Job Interview Mistake 1: Show Me The Money

You know by now, no doubt, that most companies will ask you a question similar to 'Where you want to be in the next 1, 3 or 5 years?'.

Since money is on the front page for many people who are looking for another job, they simply make it too obvioius during the interview.

So when you're at the interview, don't even mention money. Say things like in a year you'd like to see yourself learning enough to take on more responsibilities, maybe manage a group of people yourself. In 3 years, you want to be connected enough within the company and with enough knowledge to really be a middle manager that the CEO and high level managers fully trust and rely upon.

And in 5 years...well what you say there really depends on the company, but what you should definitely not say is:

Well, in one year I see myself getting $10,000 more per year than I'm getting 3 years, I want to get $25,000 more per year and in 5 years I want to get to a full $100,000 annual income. That's bad. That's the absolute wrong thing to say. And you'd be surprised just how many people do that!

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Common Job Interview Mistake 2: Saying You Have No Failures

This is one of the other most common job interview questions asked at an interview. Another very common mistake, one that most 'overzelous' interviees do simply because they want to leave a good impression is this:

When you're asked 'What are some of your failures, your mistakes, things that you know that you always do wrong?'

Never ever say 'Well, my main mistake is that I'm a perfectionist at heart...'

This is usually the end of the interview, if not overtly, at least in the mind of the interviewer. Why? Because people do make mistakes, nobody is perfect, and by asking this question, the interviewer simply wants to know where you're mostly qualified, where to sort you out, for which job, especially if there are several jobs advertised.

They want to know your strengths and weaknesses not because they think you're not worthy of working htere, but simply to know how best to use your knowlege in the company so it become more successful with your addition.

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Common Job Interview Mistake 3: Your Opinion On Business

I've learned this one from Eben Pagan, so I'm giving credit where credit is due. Very few people actually mention this particular one and it's crucial.

Many modern companies realize that people who are interested in business can help the corporation grow exponentially. Business no longer want little 'chicken' sitting in their cubicles waiting until you're old and can retire.

So you might get asked something like: "So what do you think about business in general?" (and most probably you'll be asked about their business in particular so make sure you read up on it well in advance!)

What you should definitely avoid is saying something about "Well, I like business, I like to get a stable job, to get regular income without having to worry about getting laid off"...this is where you lost the interviewer right there.

If you're asked this question, you can be sure that they want to know that you can and will contribute to their business success with ideas, with intrinsic motivation of your own already present, you'll really make yourself useful within the company and not just 'lay low' and get paid. This is a big one in the twenty first century.

So here they are, the main common job interview mistakes that I've seen people make over and over again (and yes, I've made them too - and no, I didn't get THOSE jobs!).

Of course, preparing for a job interview takes much more than that and you should prepare well in advance if you want to land that dream job that gives you the monetary and intrinsic, inner satisfaction of a life that is worth fully living.

So here are some extra reading materials that you should get familiar with. You don't really need to read them all (I did!), but get yourself just 1-2 of these books and you'll be ahead of 90% of your competition for the job that YOU will be getting.

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Have you done any of these common job interview mistakes? - Leave your comments below

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      5 years ago

      Great tips. One of the worst things I did happened in an interview right after I'd left my previous employment. I fell into the trap of "assessing" my previous company, at the interviewer's request. I thought I had my bitterness under control, but guess what? Not! Fortunately, it wasn't a job I dearly wanted (or needed, at the time). Still, it taught me a lesson!

    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      6 years ago

      These are very useful tips you shared. Perfect for those who are still preparing for an interview.

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      6 years ago

      Lots of really useful tips,and so easy to absorb. Liked going through it and gleaned a few pointers.

    • piedromolinero profile image


      6 years ago

      Great information to prepare for a job interview.

    • whats4dinner profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens, a lot of really useful information.

    • kathysart profile image


      7 years ago

      Sure but now I work for myself! lol THUMBS UP LENS

    • kislanyk profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Cyprus

      Yes, that is another very common one. A complainer is always a complainer. Plus always beware of people who 'innocently spill' minor secrets from their previous job - they'll do that to you as well once they leave!

    • JollyvilleChick profile image


      7 years ago

      When I used to interview people, I thought their biggest mistake was to go on and on about how their last employer was terrible, their boss was stupid, the company was horrible, and other negative comments. Even if all that was true, what I heard was a complainer, someone who will never be satisfied with their work environment, and a person who lacked discretion.

    • JackNimble profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice Lens.


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