It's a Mystery!

Bob Goldman on

How can so many potential employers smart enough to invite you to a job interview turn out to be dumb enough to reject you? No doubt, they made a big mistake. Unless, of course, it turns out that the person making the mistakes is you.

"13 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Job Interview, According To Hiring Managers" is the title of an article by Casey Bond in the Huffington Post (HuffPost to its friends).

Is it possible that you made all 13 mistakes? Maybe not, but you do have to admit -- if anyone could do it, it's you.

We don't have space to review all 13, nor do we have the energy to speculate on the exciting new mistakes you will create on your own, but let's look at a sampling. Who knows? There may be some mistakes here you never thought of making.

No. 1: "Pretending you don't have any flaws."

When hiring manager Jon Hayes says, "Nobody is perfect; none of my candidates, none of our team members, not even me," it is clear that he has never interviewed you.


Due to the prejudice against those of us who are perfect, it would behoove you to make up a few flaws, just so the extremely flawed person who is doing the interviewing can relate. Some good flaws are paranoia, petty theft and a touch of pyromania. To cover all three, simply say, "All my co-workers hated me because I stole their lunches, so I burned down the main conference room."

With flaws like these, you're sure to be hired.

No. 2: "Bad-mouthing your old boss."

As we have seen, it's hard work to find something wrong with you. When it comes to your old boss, you have to work even harder to find something right. Unfortunately, after singing the praises of a "sensitive, inspirational leader committed to growing the careers and maximizing the compensation of their direct reports," the interviewer may ask why you are leaving such an ideal situation.


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