Interview Failures

  • Answer a Phone Call
    Turn the phone off BEFORE the interview ...
    eliminate any distractions or signs this meeting is not your #1 priority.

  • Arrive Late
    If you can't make your interview on-time, what about other meetings that will be scheduled?
    What about ones with our customers?

  • Communications Skills
    Companies rarely hire people who cannot communicate successfully with others.

  • Confidence
    They did not see any in you during the interview.  Goodbye.

  • Enthusiasm
    They did not see any in you during the interview.  Goodbye.

  • Establish Rapport
    This is defined as a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well.
    This is a key unwritten requirement for a successful employee.

  • Exaggeration
    Exaggerating or overstating skills and experience in their resume and job application.
    If you are selected, these will be discovered in most cases.  Results are generally the same:
    (1) you will not be working there, (2) you will not be working there ever, (3) you will be remembered

  • Preparation
    If you come unprepared for an interview, you have demonstrated your lack of interest.

  • Research
    If one of your questions is "So, like, what is you guys build or make or sell or trade or think about around here to make money", you can excuse yourself from the interview ... you're done!

  • Strengths & Value
    Unless you are applying to be a model with another "pretty face" you must showcase your strengths and the value of those strengths to the company.

  • What will you do for me?
    John Kennedy's speach comes to mind:
    "Ask not what your company can do for you but what you can do for your company."

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