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Stupid Interview Mistakes as Reported by Forbes |No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 630 These are pretty dumb mistakes!

Summary

I stumbled into this article from Forbes that I thought was hysterical that talked about a number of mistakes job hunters make. I'm using these examples from them. Give full credit tp Forbes. They are very funny.

1. A job applicant hugged the president of the company. It's like you're having a good moment in the interview and you give him a hug.

2. Another one said they didn't like to get up early and didn't like to read. Huh? Help me understand how that one was supposed to get you a job.

3. Someone said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal. Unbelievable!

4. A candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.

5. Someone called in sick to her current employer while on the interview, faking her illness. What people do sometimes!

6. Someone said that they would do whatever it takes to do the job, legal or not.

7. Someone called their wife during the interview to see what they will be having for dinner. You're in an interview, you pick up the phone and find out what's for dinner.

8. Someone said he wouldn't want the job if he had to work a lot.

9. Someone asked if they could postpone the start date so she can still get holiday gifts from vendors in her current job. Couldn't you have said this 1 more discreetly?

10. Someone would not answer a question, they were asked because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.

11. Some of the night having a cell phone with them even though it could be heard ringing in their briefcase.

12. A person asked to be paid under the table.

13. The candidate reached over and put their hand on the interviewer's knees. The obvious offensive behavior is a man doing it to a woman that I know of too many instances where a woman does it to a man. The more egregious one is a man reaching out to a woman.

Folks, be smart. There is a lot to learn about interviewing. As a job hunter, most of you act as amateurs.

When push comes to shove, learn more about job hunting. Don't go to interviews and conduct yourself like a rank beginner. The way to do it is to learn more about interviewing. You can do that at a site like JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and practice. Practice your answers to questions, get feedback from someone else… I want to be clear, when I say practice, the words have to come out of your mouth. You can't just think the answer, like so many people do.

Without the words coming out of your mouth as you present them to a potential employer, you are not really learning anything. It's like going to a Toastmasters meeting and watching other speakers and thinking that's enough to become a great speaker. Or watching candidates give a speech at a convention and thinking that you can run for president. There is more than being a voyageur. You have to actually do it in order to in order to be effective.

I say that because the skills needed to find a job are different than those needed to do a job. If you are just watching and not practicing, you're going to make dumb mistakes like the ones I've mentioned from Forbes.

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Stupid Interview Mistakes Criticizing The Past | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, I talk about another 1 of those dumb things that people do on interviews – – criticizing the past.

Summary

Here's one of those stupid interview mistakes that people make so often… It's frustrating… I want to shake them. The mistake is criticizing the past.

It can be the lengthy rant about a coworker who would eat your lunch., . It could be the rant that goes "I've been with this firm for 5 years, passed over for one promotion or another and I have had it!" "My boss is an imbecile!" You may say that a more mild-mannered fashion. But what you say still translates into that.

You become super-critical of one thing or another to the point where you just sound like you are a complainer. Some of the sitting opposite you during the interview and you know what's going through their mind? "OK. I would how long it's going to take for this to happen to me? I could have brought cancer into our midst. So I'm going to nod my head for a while, smile and bring this 1 to an end."

Here's what you need to do in order to be effective communicating why you want to change jobs. For example, in the case of feeling passed over, you don't want to focus on the past over part of the story. "I am real good at my work and my firm likes me in this role, but I don't want to spend the next 25 years of my life doing the same thing over and over again. I understand I may have to join this firm and prove myself here in order to demonstrate my abilities. I am looking for an organization where I can learn and grow and get ahead. And, unfortunately, my firm seems content in me doing the same job for the rest of my life. That really isn't for me. Again, I'm willing to demonstrate to you that I'm capable, competent and willing to pay my dues here, but I also want to know that there is an upside."

They know right away that you are looking for promotional opportunities in the future. That isn't a bad thing, right? That's one way to do it.

For the example of the coworker who eats my lunch or the problem coworker… I work with a problem coworker who steal stuff from his colleagues. I have worked with this organization for a long time. After a while, there are some personalities that show up, people don't necessarily behave properly. And, I don't want to come across like I'm a complainer or whiner. I'm not. Yet, when people go to the refrigerator and take my lunch out or, as was in my case, they steal resumes from coworkers and present them to other recruiting firms, there is a problem in the office! When management doesn't want to address it because this person is making sales, eventually, I have to ask myself, 'Who is looking out for me?' That is why I am sitting here." You can come up with your own version of this story.

My boss is an imbecile. Never go down that road. Never ever go down the road of criticizing her boss. It is a losing proposition. You are better off doing the speech about, "I want to join an organization where I can learn and grow and get ahead," rather than being critical of your boss.

Again, you don't want to be criticizing the past. You want to be looking forward and using the example of the problem colleague, "People are people. I'm sure in this organization, if someone were stealing from the firm. This is not something that would be tolerated. I trust that you would handle things in a professional way and look after the people."

This is a very graceful way to wrap that one up.

I hope you found this video helpful.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Appearing Unmotivated | Job Search Radio

I can’t think of few dopier mistakes than this one!

not-motivated

 

SUMMARY:

I was talking to a friend of mine who is a recruiter who does work all over the country. She was talking about an assignment that she was doing in Puerto Rico and, on this assignment, she was asked to interview people to work in a call center, particularly oral and written communication skills.

So she’s working on the assignment and finding some people who are very well spoken and some who aren’t, just as you would expect. She also started to notice that some of the well spoken individuals are being rejected by hiring managers. She and her partner started asking, “Why is that? Why are these people being turned down? It’s hard to find native speaking English speakers in Puerto Rico. What’s going wrong?”

She spoke to a few hiring managers and found the magic answer. Judging by the title of the show, you know what it is: appearing unmotivated.

What Hiring Managers See

Put yourself in the seat of the hiring manager. Hiring managers have a problem. They want someone who can solve that problem. I know it is hot in Puerto Rico, and the association with hot is lethargic. It is hot out. I feel lethargic. It’s tough to move around.

Too bad! Get over it!

What you always need to do is appear excited and motivated on your interviews. Appearing sluggish or lethargic, or, dare I say, even lazy and unmotivated is the kiss of death, no matter what job you interview for, no matter where in the world it is.

Employers have a problem. You are there to solve it. They are not there to kiss your butt and make you fall in love with them. They want you clamoring for this job, begging for this job, being excited for this job, even when you aren’t… And you want that, too! This way, if you have the skills, you get lots of job offers… You know, lots of job offers. This way, you can go, “I think I want this 1. It pays the most.” Or it doesn’t pay the most, but it has the most upside. Whatever it is, you can pick and choose between different alternatives.

Appearing unmotivated – – Stupid! Take the right hand, move it to your forehead, now hit!

Don’t do something that dumb.

Get Help!

And if you are doing dumb things like this, you need JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. That is my site where you get tons of great information to help you find work. Jobhunting doesn’t have to be hard, difficult, painful, or take so long. It’s just that you don’t know what you are doing.

You start doing it wrong and wonder, “Gee! I’m not getting jobs.” You don’t want to be doing that!

Instead of going out on a lot of stupid interviews or pointless interviews that are pointless because you are not prepared, let me help you.

I have videos, podcasts, articles, books, and me, all they are designed to help you and get to your questions.

We schedule a few minutes to talk, you asked me questions so that you don’t have to worry, we move on. If you want in-depth coaching from me, I provided to scale that makes it very inexpensive.

Again, my site is JobSearchCoachingHQ.com

 

 

If you have a question about job hunting, email me at [email protected]. I can’t answer every question . . . but you knew that!

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You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday. The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Stupid Interviewing Mistakes: Seeming Desperate! – Job Search Radio

Being desperate is a turnoff in dating AND it’s a turnoff in job hunting.

On this show, I discuss “the stupid interviewing mistake” of seeming desperate and explain how to correct it.

Summary

This one is about one of those stupid job hunting mistakes people make all the time. That mistake is appearing desperate.

Have you ever been on a date with some of you seem desperate? Now, women, you can’t tell me you haven’t been on a date with some of you seen that way to you somewhere in your life?

They just are too (fill in the blank). They are just too much. As a result, I would presume to know how you feel when you’re out with someone who seems desperate. I just know that in situations where I’ve been out with “desperate women,” it hasn’t been a pleasant experience.

Women who appeared desperate, in the male vernacular start appearing like “stalkers.”Act as though they are like stalkers.” I suspect the same is true on the women’s side… Or worse.

Such behavior doesn’t work in dating and it certainly doesn’t work and job search.

When you go to an interview and appears to eager, you start to act, “oh boy! This is great!! I’ll do that!” Eventually the hiring manager takes a deep breath and says to themselves, “what’s with this person?”

So you can appear too eager (it is okay to be accommodating, but not too eager).

So your job is to relax and to deal with your future bosses though they are a peer. In this way, they understand and do you understand what you are capable of doing for them. In this way, they can evaluate and assess you and see how you fit into their needs.

Acting like the obedience school trial, sitting in your chair, leaning forward (did you ever do that one when you were a kid), just doesn’t work. It doesn’t make you more attractive than other candidates; if anything, it makes you less appealing.

At the end of the day, what you seem like his desperate. No one really likes desperate. So, relax. Follow my advice about the single best question you should ask on any interview. Talk with them is an equal and explain how your background fits that which they are looking for. Do it with confidence and self-assurance because part of what your job is on an interview is to put their mind at ease and that you are the solution to a problem that they have.

They need someone to do such and such. You want to talk about how you did it for someone else before. In joining them, you don’t want to do this for the next 30 or 40 years of your life. You also want to understand the upside for you. After all, do you really want to do the same thing for the next three or four years? Of course not.

That’s why you always want to make sure that you ask questions about your potential future. And, if you don’t like the answer, don’t be a shmuck and take the job and then blame them for what is happening to you. It’s your fault then.

So, again, don’t bag and don’t appear desperate.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.= http://www.JobSa

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Stupid Interview Mistake #11: Being Unprepared

I discuss another cardinal sin of interviewing–unpreparedness

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Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

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Stupid Interview Mistake #2: Winging It

 

In this video, I discuss the second big mistake job hunters make–winging it.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at [email protected]

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Interview Boo Boos | JobSearchTV.com

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells a story about a job applicant and how they made three critical mistakes.

Summary

Yesterday, I had 1 of those situations occur that sometimes show up in my business; I thought to be a good teaching piece for you. Let me outline the situation.

I phone interviewed someone for 1 of my clients about a week ago. The person lived about an hour and 1/2 or my clients location. I was reticent to submit him. But after interviewing him and telling him how far away it was, the person says, "That's no problem. I commuted longer than that." I submitted it is my client and they want to meet with him. I scheduled a phone interview for yesterday. This is what happened.

The day before, I spoke with him about how I wanted him to do the interview. I spoke with him about the questions I wanted him to ask and when I wanted him to ask them during the interview. I covered many of these questions in 1 of my videos. So we spoke yesterday, his interview is scheduled for 1:30 PM. I received a call at 11:45 (Remember, he has 90 minutes to get to this interview. This is New York and there is this thing called traffic that goes on). He called me 15 minutes before the title deadline for getting there.

He tells me, "I just want you to know that I am going. He asks me if he can tell me a few the questions that he wants to ask. His 1st question is, "Tell me about your company." I respond by asking, "Excuse me? Why didn't you research this before hand? I sent URLs to the website to you. I sent Google searches to you and information about them. Why didn't you do your research?"

"Well, I thought I would hear from them."

"Well you hear from them but it happens to be on the website. Remember those questions I told you about the day before? Those are the ones you really need to ask because those will really help you and show that you are serious to them."

"Okay."

1:30 PM comes and goes. At 2:05 PM, I received an email from HR and the hiring manager asking where is he? In other words, he didn't leave with an hour and 1/2 to get there. He left late and thought he could pick up time. Didn't give himself any extra time and, low and behold, it is now 35 minutes late. He arrives 40 minutes late. He announces that he has a 130 appointment to see so-and-so, not having done any research, and walked in the door.

The next mistake in made was not apologizing for his lateness. He has inconvenienced at least 2 people and common courtesy dictates that you apologize and explain that there was traffic, confirm that they can still see you... You're courteous about it just like you would with a friend if you got there so late. You wouldn't ignore that, would you? You apologize.

This guy walks in and suffice it to say by not apologizing, he has ticked off two people who right off the bat believe he is discourteous (and rightly so).

My advice for you is really very simple.

(1) Do your homework before your interview.
(2) Give yourself adequate time to get to interview and then some because there is this thing called traffic or there are these things called delays or even getting lost. I don't care if you have a GPS; sometimes the GPS is are confusing. I just don't get there in the most direct way.
(3) If you do wind up arriving late, apologize. Give them an explanation and candidly say, "It's not my matter to be late. This is very unusual. I'm really very sorry."

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.