3 common mistakes that stop you from landing a second interview (and why you don’t realize you’re making them)
We all make mistakes during the job search process, but it's not always easy to figure out what those mistakes are. Here are three common mistakes that might be stopping you from getting an interview — and how you can recognize and fix them.
1. You're asking the wrong questions.
While you may think you're doing the right thing by asking lots of questions during the interview, the types of questions you're asking count. Make sure you focus on the company's mission, vision, and what they're working on right now.
2. You're only focusing on your qualifications.
Stressing your skills is important, but it's even more important to demonstrate how those skills fit in the role and your company. Practice answering standard interview questions while incorporating your knowledge of the company.
3. You're agreeing with everything the hiring manager says.
Being likeable is a good trait, but you shouldn't be afraid to challenge your hiring manager a bit, as long as you have solutions! For example, if you're applying for a tech position, you can point out a bug in their product and discuss suggestions and ways to improve it.
What other tips do you have for getting a second interview? What mistakes have you made, and what did you change for the next time?