Final Interview Mistakes: Having The Wrong Focus |

So many people go into a final interview with the wrong focus. Here, I sharpen your attention to the two things that matter most.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations to help them be more effective. That could be successful on a job search, successful with hiring people, having a better work environment for themselves and for their organization, a whole host of different things. This video is about final interview mistakes and about having the wrong focus on the interview.
Now, you know, by the time it gets to a final interview, an organization has already determined that you have the right skill sets to perform the job, the right experience to perform the job. And there's probably competition for you. You and maybe one or two other people. So I want to remind you about what the focus is for this interview.
Number one is being congruent with what you've said at previous meetings. One of the easiest ways to cause yourself to be rejected is is to say something that's inconsistent with what you've said before.
The second one is a little bit more complicated. I want to share two stories with you that will help understand, help you understand why this is so important. One person I was coaching was up for a job of as chief of staff to the head of an organization. He had been on interviews for months and he was finally brought back to meet with this chief executive for a role as the chief of staff. He was prepared with slides and a whole presentation for why he was the most relevant person, he was the best person to work with them.
I said, "Listen to him, I said, keep the slides and focus on the relationship. Focus on the fact that the two of you that have worked closely with one another and they need to trust you. Story number one.
Story number two is someone I coach who is a technology professional. And he was someone who prepared tremendously for interviews. As a matter of fact at the time that we first started working with one another, he told me about a story where he walked in, had spent 10 hours preparing for this final meeting, done a presentation (did a great job), They told him he did a great job and yet he still wasn't hired. They said, "we've never seen someone as well prepared as you." Yet they didn't hire him.
In both stories, the consistent theme is, by the time you get to the final round, there's more that they're looking for than just simply skills. There's more than what they're looking for in your knowledge. What they were really looking for, is that they can trust you as a person and, thus, the focus also has to be on the relationship between you and the people that you meet at this final interview.
How you use sincerity; how you really express yourself as a leader, as a manager, as a staff individual that allows them to feel the fact that they can trust you, is pivotal here. So if you focus on the data as the second individual walks, no matter how well prepared, it's rarely enough because there's always someone as competent as you. What differentiates one person from another is rarely the competence. But more often than not, it's the fact that one person engenders trust, and inspires confidence that they can be the solution to a problem and, at the same time, fit into the organization. They have a likeability quality.
So, don't forget about congruence. Don't forget about the relationship between you and the people that you interview with because, if you do, you are probably going to be doomed to fail.


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 1500 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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