Four Job Interview Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Chances of Success

Written by Mary Brent

What arerepparttar worst mistakes job hunters make? It turns out there are four big ones. These four mistakes turn up repeatedly when executives responsible for hiring talk aboutrepparttar 147773 reasons why someone didn't get a job offer.

If you make even one of them, you'll drastically reduce your chances of getting selected.

Interview mistake #1: Thinking like a job hunter

The only reason why an employer hires you is because they want you to achieve certain results for them. Or solve specific problems. In other words, you have something of enormous value to offerrepparttar 147774 employer.

Yet, most who turn up for a job interview think thatrepparttar 147775 only one with anything worthwhile to offer isrepparttar 147776 employer. Result -- they treat a job interview as a one-sided affair whererepparttar 147777 interviewer holds all power.

To be successful at interviews, it's essential that you become a full participant inrepparttar 147778 meeting, retaining equal power. Just asrepparttar 147779 employer must judge if you'rerepparttar 147780 right person for them, you must judge if this organization offersrepparttar 147781 right opportunities for you.

Go in with clear objectives of what you need to know about them, while putting your best foot forward in responding to their questions. Obviously, this does not mean being rude or arrogant. It does mean that you are proactive in directingrepparttar 147782 conversation and gettingrepparttar 147783 information you want.

This is very different fromrepparttar 147784 traditional job-hunter's mentality. It's about developing an assertive, confident mindset that'll get you results. Try it.

Interview mistake #2: Getting lost in generalities

When you are asked what you do at work, does your reply sound like a dull recital of an official job description written by a committee?

If so, you're losing a big chance to score atrepparttar 147785 interview.

Yes, employers do want to know what your responsibilities are. But they're more interested in hearing what results you achieved, your specific accomplishments and skills.

To put it another way, they want to hear how you performed at a task rather than just hear about whatrepparttar 147786 task was. Use actual stories with names, products, places and so on.

Job Interviews -- How to Follow Up Effectively

Written by Mary Brent

Getting a job is not just about your performance in an interview. The post-interview follow up you do has a critical role in a successful job hunt. Here's how to do it effectively.

Onrepparttar day ofrepparttar 147772 interview or at mostrepparttar 147773 next day, send a thank you note to each ofrepparttar 147774 interviewers. Apart from saying that you're keen to take uprepparttar 147775 job, mention two or three of your key strengths or skills that are directly useful forrepparttar 147776 position.

Duringrepparttar 147777 interview, you should find out how soon they plan to have a person in place. Ask "In what timeframe do you expect to make a decision?" That'll give you an idea about how much time is involved.

Schedule your follow-up depending on this information. Ifrepparttar 147778 interviewer says they'll make a decision in two to three months' time, it makes no sense to follow up daily or even weekly.

Keep common sense in mind. If you wererepparttar 147779 interviewer, would you like to receive three calls a day from a candidate? You certainly won't. Onrepparttar 147780 other hand, don't go torepparttar 147781 other extreme and not follow up for a month either.

Follow up withrepparttar 147782 right person. That means, talk torepparttar 147783 decision maker. If you're following up with someone who's got little influence overrepparttar 147784 hiring decision, you're wasting your time.

Think aboutrepparttar 147785 kind of job and organization you're targeting. Doesrepparttar 147786 job demand aggression and initiative? If so, you may actually be required to follow up in a persistent manner before you're extended a job offer.

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