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This eBook is not a common 'how to' guide to interviewing, those have been done a million times over. This is something different. It is based on the experience of Richard Lindsey, an Australian consultant working in London, who leverages his own experience as well as those of the best consultants, managers and agencies he encountered throughout his career along with secrets from the field of sales, marketing and concepts from Neuro Linguistic Programming. Richard is Director of Perform and Change. (PDF file, 10 pages, 424 KB).

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www.PerformandChange.com 2011 Richard Lindesay Page 1 Top 9.5 Interview Mistakes And how not to make them! by Richard Lindesay www.PerformandChange.com 2011 Richard Lindesay Page 2 Contents Top 9.5 Interview Mistakes 3 Copyright and Legal Notice 4 Mistake 1 – Not knowing what you want 5 Mistake 2 – Doing the wrong kind of research 5 Mistake 3 – Preparing answers to questions rather than an approach 6 Mistake 4 – Not being in the right state of mind 6 Mistake 5 – Seeing an interview as a one sided transaction 7 Mistake 6 – Telling, rather than showing what you can do 7 Mistake 7 – Focusing on yourself rather than the interviewer 8 Mistake 8 – Answering more than questioning 8 Mistake 9 – Failing to encourage positive responses 9 Mistake 9.5 – Leaving the interview open ended 9 More Information 10 About Richard 10 Acknowledgements 10 www.PerformandChange.com 2011 Richard Lindesay Page 3 Top 9.5 Interview Mistakes We all inevitably find ourselves in situations where we meet with people from a company, and decide together whether it's suitable to form a working relationship – the job interview. For some of us this happens a few times in our entire career, and for others, a few times a year or more. Without the right mind-­‐set and the right approach, interviewing can be a daunting task. Throughout my career, I have been one of the latter, having had dozens of interviews over the years. They have included a variety of companies, industries, levels of seniority, and different financial arrangements including permanent to contract. I have shared ideas with many fellow employees and consultants about their interview experiences, and learned a great deal. I have also been on the other side of the fence, sitting in the seat of the company, and hosting the interview. This document details a number of common tendencies, which I consider the top 9.5 mistakes people make in interviews. This is not a common "how to" guide to interviewing, those have been done a million times over. This is something different based on my experience and the experiences of the best consultants, managers and agencies I know, along with secrets from the fields of sales and marketing, and concepts from Neuro-­‐Linguistic Programming (NLP). I hope these learnings are as useful to you as they have been for me. Richard Lindesay NLP and Business Consultant www.PerformandChange.com 2011 Richard Lindesay Page 4 Copyright and Legal Notice The author of this document intends for it to be used for positive change an influence. Due to the effort and many years of knowledge and experience put into this document, the author reserves right to protect their work. You are granted permission to view, print, and backup this ebook for your own use. This ebook is available for free from http://www.performandchange.com, and permission is also granted to freely distribute this ebook in its original form. This ebook should never be auctioned or sold at any price. E-­‐books are protected by international copyright laws. If you attempt or perform any of the above forbidden methods of distributing this ebook, you are in violation of international copyright laws. Copyright infringement is a serious crime with six figure fines, and potential imprisonment upon conviction. If everyone abides by such copyright laws and morals, more quality works will be produced and distributed, to the benefit of all. www.PerformandChange.com 2011 Richard Lindesay Page 5 Mistake 1 – Not knowing what you want Many people go into interviews without knowing what they want from the interview, and worse yet what they want from the job. So instead of going in with a clear outcome and qualifying the job against it, they stumble in blank and hope for the best. Maybe the interview works out well, and maybe it doesn't. Maybe they are accepted for the job but because of the lack of thought around what they wanted, they go into completely the wrong job for them. Having a clear outcome of what you want from the interview and job, can give you confidence to approach the interview with your outcome in mind, rather than just taking a passive approach. With a clear outcome and knowing what you want, you will be able to focus on the interview and questioning to ensure that the things that matter to you are covered. Also while you are gathering information in the interview, you will have the frame of reference to decide whether the company is the right fit for you, or not. Mistake 2 – Doing the wrong kind of research Employment is often a long term commitment, and is an important decision to make. Many people go into interviews with a little information about what the company does, but that's about all. Companies nearly always perform some level of background checking on applicants, whether it's the typical reference checks or more in-­‐depth searches on publically available content. And why shouldn't they? They are looking to take someone on for a long term

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