Stupid Job Search Mistakes: Believing It Is in the Bag |

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EP 1490 Job hunters make all sorts of stupid mistakes when they interview.

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I want to talk with you today about 1 of the stupid job search mistakes that is reminder by listening to a podcast. It was talking about how in the world of sports, There was the humbling defeat of the Atlanta Falcons in The Super Bowl last year.

I want to be clear that the podcast cannot speak in these terms. The Falcons were up 28-3, It is the middle of the 3rd quarter and they are destroying the New England Patriots.The fans are celebrating. The players aren't celebrating but the fans are, thinking it is in the bag. But I know, that in job hunting, there are People who at a certain stage in the job process Think it is in the bag and start to ease up. In the course of easing up, they make stupid mistake after stupid mistake or one critical one that proves so costly.

I remember when I was a beginning recruiter back in The Stone Ages, when was still working at employment agency as a beginner, and hearing a story about a guy who is interviewing at General Foods , which, at that time, was a behemoth consumer products firm that made lots of cereal products and other well-known products. This was a talented technical guy, well spoken, Great appearance, and he has been in for all day. Is soon to meet the Director of mIS Which, at that time, was the title for the top person in technology. Is there talking to this person And ask him, "why are you looking for a job now?" He answers by saying In his cocky and arrogant manner, "I want to work in a better organization. Right now, I work with a bunch of (I apologize if you are listening to this nd are a member of one of these categories; this is what he said) slobs and Indians. I want to work with a better class of people."

Suffice it to say that the director had the good sense to escort this person out the door Immediately. The candidate said, "I don't understand what's going on."Well, you just present yourself as a racist and as demeaning to people who had worked their way up. Thank goodness you were escorted out and that is what happens when you let your guard down, thinking that you have it in the bag.

Sports is a great humbling vehicle for so many who in their arrogance believe that everything is fine and everything is good. They are taught pretty quickly that if they ease up their opponent will come back and destroyed them. Don't make that kind of mistake. Always remember that you are always selling until the time you are in the ground. The reality is that once you are on the job, selling your ideas occurs, right? You have to sell your ideas constantly or else you become another person working there with nothing special about you.

You are always selling. You never let your guard up.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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