In our previous blog post, we addressed “visualizing” your interview success before the interview has even taken place. But what about when the interview has begun? Sure, you should “visualize” your success, but what about avoiding mistakes once it’s begun?
Just because you visualize your interview success, it does not mean that you won’t have to make adjustments during the interview. That’s because while it’s good to plan, it’s even better to be able to react to situations and circumstances that arise.
Below are three damaging interview mistakes that are easy to forget:
#1—Failing to identify the communication style of the hiring manager
Since people are different, not everybody communicates in the same way. Or to put it another way, everybody has a preference for the way in which they communicate. It’s the difference between being an introvert and being an extrovert.
When beginning your interview, strive to determine the communication style of the person or the people with whom you’re conversing. This decreases the chance that you’ll make a mistake. For example, it would be unwise to crack jokes if the interviewer is straightforward and direct.
#2—Talking too much.
An interview, of course, can be a nerve-wracking situation. And when people are nervous, they tend to talk a lot, even if they don’t intent to and even if they don’t realize that they’re doing it. Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with silences or lulls in the conversation. Try to resist the temptation to talk just to “fill the silence.”
An interview is all about personal branding. Basically, you want to provide the best experience that you possibly can for the people who are conducting the interview.
#3—“Showing you hand” in terms of compensation.
Remember that depending upon the state in which you live, a potential employer may not be legally allowed to ask what your current salary is. Even if you don’t live in one of those states, it’s a good idea to not offer up too much information, since this can come back to “bite you” during the negotiation stage of the hiring process.
Questions about compensation must be answered carefully and with tact. And keep in mind that if you’re working with a recruiter, they can help to guide you through this part of the interview, providing you with tips and answers to questions you might be asked.
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