Top interview mistakes – Part 3

June 9, 2008 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

Continuing in my series of the worst things you can do in an interview (see parts one and two), let’s talk about arrogance. In a Career Builder survey of hiring managers, 44 percent said that one of the worst mistakes an interviewee can make is to be arrogant.

Arrogance invites ruin; humility receives benefits. – The I-Ching

You’d think this would be a pretty simple thing to avoid. Considering that someone is taking time out of their day to consider you for a job. You don’t work there, yet. And there are most likely several other candidates that are just as qualified as you are for the job.

So my advice is to be honest about your accomplishments, work history and goals. Be forthcoming about what benefits you will bring to your employer. But don’t embellish or exaggerate upon your accomplishments and never act like you’re doing the interviewer a favor. Because there is always someone else out there who can extend some common courtesy during such an important conversation.

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