“Think of how stupid the average person is. Then realize that half of all people are stupider.” ~George Carlin
There is a temptation to believe that your competition is filled with high quality, intelligent candidates that are ready to break out their rapier wit and Einstein-like intelligence at the interview and blow your chances of landing the job out of the water. You would be surprised how often candidates doubt their own chances, due primarily to the idea that other people are more professional, more qualified, or more intelligent.
Don’t let these thoughts get in the way of doing your best at the job interview, or worrying about a small mistake. As an article from AOL Jobs (http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2010/09/09/interview-answers/) is quick to remind us, many candidates are dumber than you think:
– “He looked perfect on paper, so we scheduled a phone interview for 3 p.m. He answered the phone and when I introduced myself he said, ‘Hold on, I’m at a bar. Let me finish this shot and go outside.’”
– ‘What is it that attracts you to this job the most?’ Without hesitation, she replied, ‘My mother thinks this will be the right job for me.'”
– “One job candidate arrived late for the interview, in a not-so-gracious mood. ‘The commute is terrible,’ she said. ‘I’m so glad I don’t have to do this every day.'”
Yeah, it’s that bad.
You should go to your interview assuming that every candidate they are interviewing is going to do a great job, so that you are motivated to do even better. All it takes is one great candidate to beat you out of a job. Yet once you are done with your interview there is no reason to assume you blew it simply because of one bad question. You’d be surprised who is up against you.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Go to the interview and try your best to be the perfect candidate.
- Leave the interview and don’t let one mistake get you down.