Stupid Interview Mistakes: Do You Have Anything Else? |

Generally a mistake less experienced professionals make, there are reasons why you should NEVER ask this.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations to try and help people (ARRGH!) to try and help people be more effective in their search, in their career, with hiring, with managing . . . a whole host of different things.

Because of my background in executive search, I've listened to tons of stories from job hunters and from employers. And, you know, I have that perspective that comes from having listened to the complaints of each side. And this is one of those stupid interview mistakes that, generally, the less experienced people make. And it's the mistake of "Got anything else." "What other jobs do you have open," that is often asked of the hiring manager while you're sitting in their office, you've already been screened the one time by HR who's told you about the role, and now you're asking the hiring manager, "You got anything else?"

No, they don't have anything else. The organization may have something else and you should take that up with HR. But by sitting in a hiring manager's office, he's trying to screen you for that position. What you're doing is insulting them. They're never going to recommend you for anything else. They're evaluating you for this role. Now, what you should be doing is trying to impress the heck out of them because, number one is, you never know where you're going to run into this person again because, although you may be 22, 24, 28, what have you, and this person is older, and now frankly, they're in a more influential role, they can become a referral source and they may wind up being a hiring manager for a firm you want to interview with you. And I know I've sat with people who didn't remember, but I did, who tried that trick with me. And I would just simply nod and nod and there was no chance in Hell, I was referring them to anyone. Hit'd be a colossal embarrassment.

The other place where you might run into this is if you stink up the joint with them. And you try and circle back to HR with the, "Got anything else," thing. Do you think this person is going to advocate for you? Of course, not. Your job consistently is to impress the heck out of every person you meet, so that they want to hire you. At the end of the day, you can decide you're not interested in that role and want to be considered for other things. But, first things first, make them fall in love. Because there are no other opportunities unless every person you meet with is impressed the heck out of you.

I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful. Visit my website, I've got thousands more posts there that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you find work more quickly. Plus, if you're interested in one on one coaching, you can start by schedule a time for a free discovery call through the site. Hope you have a great day and take care


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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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