Final Interview Mistakes: The Missing Ingredients In Too Many of Them

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EP 1527 Job hunters make a critical mistake at final interviews.  

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I am the head coach for and I do career coaching with people around the world, to help them be more effective in their job search and to help them be more effective in their careers, as well.

I thought I would do a video today and talk about the missing ingredient in way too many final interviews.

I want to preface this all by saying that, in the work that I did an executive search for so many years, I spent a lot of time talking to HR managers, to hiring managers, to people at all parts of the hiring process about what makes someone successful and where they tended to fail. And most the time, people don't fail because of lack of competence; of course, some do. But there are a lot of people who don't and thus they are brought back for seconds and thirds of fourths… it goes on and on and on because firms are looking for something to hang their hats on. And what is it that's missing is the ability to connect with you as a person.

You see, there has been a lot of propaganda that's going on for years about how people should be “professional” and I would put air quotes around , “professional.” because the most successful people I know are human beings who happen to do particular types of work own particular types of businesses. They lead organizations and there personality is what inspires people to do great things and its ability to inspire and lead is the difference between being a manager and being a leader.

You see, when firms hire, they want to get a sense of the human being that they are going to be living with day in and day out over the next couple of years. And if you're just going to be another drone or another timid individual or someone who is flat, there is nothing to connect with and firms like to have that connection.

Hiring managers want to have that connection because they’ve got stress; they know you do. They want to have some fun with you from time to time! It is not like you are going to be laughing and joking like you are at a bar or something or in a restaurant having dinner (although sometimes you may go out). But the fact of the matter is, if you or someone who is joining an organization, your smile is a big part of what makes them confident in you, right? If you just look at me now, are you worried about my knowledge base? Part of it is my personality coming through.

I was talking to someone last night who I was coaching and 1 of the things I said to her was, “I know you can't be me and I don't want you to be me but I want you to be the best you that you can and let that come through. I want you to be able to go out and risk everything by revealing your personality, the lighthearted spirit that you have and let them see that. If they don't like it, it is better that you not work there then to hide that and be miserable.

So many folks hide behind the veneer of “ professionalism, “ and go on to careers where they manage people and they are dull. And they get on the train or the bus every night or get in the car and sit for that hour 45 trip home and on and on and on. It is brutal.. There is no life to them anymore because the work has beaten it t out of them.

Let your personality come through and let them see how you do you delight in things. Let them see the life within you and you will stand out from all the others that they screen and give them something to work with.

Again, I'm not suggesting that you treat them like you at the bar or a restaurant and having fun with them. Just let up the personality out. If they don't like it, that's fine. You didn’t belong working there.

I’m Jeff Altman. I hope you found this helpful. My website is If you're interested in my critiquing your resume or LinkedIn profile, if you would like me to prepare you for interviews or you helping with the salary negotiation or just have questions for me, there are tabs on the top of the page. , You can order and then schedule time with me, you can get to know about me, my work.

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I hope you found this helpful. Have a great day. Take care.


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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