This is a mistake that hangs too many people.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Following Directions |

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I wanted to discuss 1 of those stupid interview mistakes that you many people do. It's the notion of not following directions. The obvious places you have a job application and they tell you to do certain things with the application and you don't follow through. For example, I think 1 of the funniest things that I've ever heard of that someone did (a client told me about this 1) is the place of their application where it said, "Give us one word that describes your strengths." One word! Got that one? They wrote, "I'm very good at following directions."

Was that one word? Was that really one word? Of course, not. This person didn't pay attention.

You see, what happens to a lot of job hunters is that they go on autopilot. They don't really listen. They built so many interviews that what happens is that they think they know what the question is, but they don't do it. They don't answer the question. They anticipate with this person is really looking for without really knowing what they are looking for. That shows up on applications in that way. It also shows up as you "basking your own magnificence" as you answer questions.

I mentioned this will many times before, the person who went off on this lengthy answer that had nothing to do with my question, but it got to a point where I said, "By the way, do you member what my original question was?" The answer, which I thought was wonderfully honest, was, "No."

You just have to follow directions. He answer the stupid question that is presented to you, whether is on the application or on an interview. That's what they are looking for at that point. In the therapy business, is referred to as, "following the contact function." They are reaching out to you about something, they want to know that answer, you can guide them with your answer to the next part but the idea is just give them what they want. Do it in your particular way.


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, 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 2200 episodes.

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