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  1. 1. Ten Common Interview Mistakes
  2. 2. Winter,Wyman Introduction You were sure when you got called for that interview that the job was yours. But then it happened. It all went wrong. You turned a sure-fire job offer into a response of “thanks, but no thanks.” Want to avoid falling flat on your next job interview? Here are some tips from Dave Sanford, Executive Vice President of Business Development at the staffing firm Winter, Wyman, to help you avoid tanking it. This presentation by Dave Sanford, Winter, Wyman’s EVP of Business Development, originally appeared as an article on and has been re-used here with the publisher’s permission.
  3. 3. Winter,Wyman Top ten tips 1. Not being prepared 2. Not knowing yourself 3. Talking too much and saying too little 4. Focusing on the past 5. Not listening 6. Being too humble 7. Stepping out of “sell mode” too early 8. Low energy or passion 9. Not being realistic 10. Not asking for the job
  4. 4. Winter,Wyman 1. Not being prepared • There is no excuse with today’s technology to go into an interview without doing basic research on the company interviewing you, their executives, products, customers and competitors. Make sure you visit the company’s website and review it thoroughly. • If time allows, request the firm’s marketing literature or investor relations’ packet. Try to find out where it stands in the market and what its concerns may be for the future. • Check out research databases and business publications, and talk to your friends and colleagues to uncover more information.
  5. 5. Winter,Wyman 2. Not knowing yourself • To be an effective interviewee, you must be able to articulate in a clear, concise and natural manner what you do — and how well you do it. • Make sure you know what sets you apart from other candidates and be specific about what you’ve done that has made you, your department and former company successful. • Also, know your background without having to refer to your resume. There is no one better than you to tell your story.
  6. 6. Winter,Wyman 3. Talking too much and saying too little • There is a misconception that the length of your response to an interview question is as important as the quality of your answer. • Try to remember that the person sitting across from you has a full day of interviews and other to-dos. • The way to his or her “hiring heart” is to be concise and to the point when demonstrating your knowledge, expertise and value.
  7. 7. Winter,Wyman 4. Focusing on the past • The projects you worked on and the duties you performed 10 to 15 years ago bring context to your career and the professional you have become, but the skills and traits you now possess are what will be valuable to your new employer. • Concentrate on your current roles, abilities and experiences.
  8. 8. Winter,Wyman 5. Not listening • An interviewer will guide you toward what they want to know and what’s important to them — if only you listen! • Sometimes we are so excited or nervous during an interview that we talk without listening. Pay attention to what the other person is saying and make sure to answer all questions fully. If you aren't sure that you did, ask. • And, try to hone in on non-verbal clues as well as the verbal ones to continually assess your audience.
  9. 9. Winter,Wyman 6. Being too humble • Interviews are the place where you are selling yourself and you must be able to do so effectively. • Find a way to get comfortable with tooting your own horn and discussing what makes you special. • This is your opportunity to brag a little. But, and this is very important, do so without being boastful.
  10. 10. Winter,Wyman 7. Stepping out of “sell mode” too early • We’ve all been in interviews that are going along swimmingly and we think the job offer is in the bag. So what do we do? • We stop selling ourselves and move into buying mode. We ask about salary, vacation or benefits. These topics are all appropriate — at the right time, which is when the company is completely sold on you. • A lot of opportunities have fallen through because people have stopped selling themselves too early. • Remember, “it’s not over till it’s over!”
  11. 11. Winter,Wyman 8. Low energy or passion • Passion + energy = good impression. • Managers want to hire people who are enthusiastic. It doesn’t matter how boring you think your last job was, you can still be passionate about your work, and you need to get that across in your interviews. • Don’t speak negatively about your former duties, boss or company. Put a positive spin on the situation and your job search. This is particularly important for people who have been in the job hunt for a long time or who left their past employers under strained circumstances.
  12. 12. Winter,Wyman 9. Not being realistic • Sometimes we expect our next job to make up for all the shortcomings of our previous positions: salary, benefits, vacation time, management support, career opportunities... • But, no new opportunity can undo all the wrongs that you may have experienced in your career. • Be realistic about the company, the job and what will make you happy. • Concentrate on the factors that are most important to you and that are under your control. And, don’t make demands that may make you appear unreasonable.
  13. 13. Winter,Wyman 10. Not asking for the job • The interview is winding up and love is in the air. Now it’s time to close the deal. Don’t fall down and forget to ask for the job! • It’s very appropriate to ask your interviewer how you did and whether he or she needs anything else from you. It’s also the right time to reinforce your interest in the position. Make sure they know of your desire to join the firm. • Companies want to make offers to people who are going to accept them. You will advance your chances if the company knows you are going to say yes.
  14. 14. Winter,Wyman About Winter, Wyman • Established in 1972 • An industry leader and one of the largest and most recognized staffing firms in the Northeast • Service the New England and Metropolitan New York job markets with national technology contracting capabilities • Specialize in recruiting permanent, contract and contract-to-permanent professionals • Specialty areas include: – Accounting & Finance – Creative & Digital Technology – Human Resources – Information Technology – Investments & Financial Services – Software Engineering
  15. 15. Thank you for joining us. Visit the “Job Seeker” section of for additional job search resources.