8 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Interviewing Skills: Part II
We’re all about finding out what works here at Interview Mastermind, but an important part of
that is knowing what does not work when it comes to honing in on your interviewing skills.
Here are 4 more ways most applicants drop the ball with their interviewing skills and end up
sitting at home, taking double shots of whiskey and committing to a life of less.
5. Not Being an Interrogator
It’s easy to walk in with the mindset that you are there to be interviewed and that it’s all about
conveying yourself to them. But an employer wants to know you are interested in the position
and organization so you need your interviewing skills to reflect that. Curiosity is king. Not
only does it suggest a burning desire to learn new things and expand but reveals that you are
legitimately interested in being a part of their team.
Come prepared with questions—good ones. Tailor them specifically to their organization. The
worst thing you can do when the employer asks if you have questions is shrug and say, “nope.
Not really.” One of the best interviewing skills you can master is knowing the right questions to
ask. And don’t ask how many hot guys work their, no matter how laid back the interview is.
Questions should relate to a productive working mindset.
6. The Bullshitter
Making up your qualifications and portraying yourself as something you are not is a very bad
idea. What kind of interviewing skills are those? If the employer questions you on the spot
about what you claim to know, you are definitely going to wind up in an awkward situation, or
even, worse, if they hire you for you software design skills they are going to have a lot of
questions when they find out the only thing you know about computers is how to post naked
pictures on Myspace.
Lying about qualifications is usually a product of low-self esteem related to our past and our
work experience But if you never push the limits of your “experience” and learn new things, you