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3 Interview Mistakes Hiring Managers Want You to Stop Making
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Did you know that only 18 percent of hiring managers say that senior-level job seekers have the needed skills for the jobs they want? That's what a recent survey found out and it's mainly due to job seekers not being able to effectively communicate.

This is one of the major mistakes job seekers are making these days but it's one of many. Here are a few of the others:
  • Focusing on the wrong skills
Job seekers are more than eager to start highlighting the skills they think hiring managers want to hear. The typical "problem-solving" and "strong team player" abilities. There terms have been thrown around so much in the job market space that hiring managers are no longer impressed. You have to dig deeper for answers that will hit harder. Things like "strategic perspective" and "global outlook" are traits that many forget to mention in the interview.
  • Talking about your experience
Hiring managers are aware that candidates applying for the same position will tend to mention their skills and experience that pertain specifically to the job. Along with that, however, they would also like interviewees to indicate other attributes that make them stand out from the rest such as "global competence." This points out to the interviewer that you have a developed understanding of how business is done in different cultures. Be creative when talking about yourself and mention things that you're especially proud of.
  • Not being flexible during salary negotiations
It's understandable for older workers to want and expect a higher pay than those who are not as seasoned. This can be a tricky situation when it comes up in an interview. More than half of hiring managers surveyed by Adecco said that this was the biggest mistake the interviewee made. The best approach is to be honest about your expectations. Voice your understanding that they may not be able to match your previous salary but that you also think it's a fair rate. If you're applying for a position that pays less that what you were making before and you really want the job, reassure them that it is not a problem for you.