Just because you’ve been in the job market for a while doesn’t mean that you’re immune to making mistakes during the interview process. In fact, you’re as prone to making mistakes as a “newbie” in the marketplace . . . you just make different ones.
To help us uncover these mistakes, we’re enlisting the help of a recent article on TheMuse.com website titled “9 Interview Mistakes That Experienced People Make All the Time” by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). Nine YEC startup founders were interviewed for the article and asked to explain the biggest mistakes they’ve seen when it comes to interviewing more experienced candidates.
However, some of these mistakes are often shared by job seekers who are new to the market. We’ve identified the ones that are more likely to be made by experienced individuals only. Not only that, but we’ve also ranked them by degree of severity from #5 to #1.
Below are the top five interview mistakes that experienced people make:
#5—Looking for “relief” from a corporate job
If you’re searching for a new position to escape the stress of your current job, that represents a “red flag” for a potential employer. They want somebody who seeks to solve problems, not escape them.
Experience often creates assumptions in a person’s mind about the makeup of organizations and how they operate, as well as what it takes to get the job done. An open mind unfettered by misleading expectations will serve you much better.
The rule is the same, no matter how much experience you have: confidence is good, but over-confidence (or outright cockiness) is not. Exude the former and avoid the latter.
#2—Having (and expressing) unconscious prejudices
This is 2015, not 1985. Prejudices—racist, sexist, or otherwise—won’t be tolerated in any form, and that includes during the interview. That’s a prime way to screen yourself out of the process.
#1—Throwing others “under the bus”
Sure, you may be unhappy in your current position, but that’s no reason to expound needlessly upon the perceived deficiencies of your co-workers and/or boss. Differences of opinion are fine, but personal attacks are not.
Click here to read TheMuse.com article in its entirety and see the other five mistakes that experienced people make during interviews.