In New Survey, Execs Point Out Job Interview Blunders

mistakeEver wonder why you didn’t get the job? It may not have anything to do with your skills or experience but rather, how you handled the interview process itself.

Per a new survey published by Accountemps, 43 percent (43!) of chief financial officers said candidates make most mistakes during job interviews. Candidates also make faux pas while writing their resumes, according to 19 percent of executives.

Essentially CFOs were asked where candidates make the most mistakes in job application-related areas. Interview follow up ranked third on the list at 11 percent, followed by cover letter and then phone interview/screen and reference check.

Kimberly Stiener-Murphy, branch manager of Accountemps in Sacramento, Calif., tells us:

“The employment interview is a time to shine, but it’s also when nerves can get the best of job seekers. Preparation is the best way for job seekers to ensure they make a good impression on the hiring manager, regardless of the interview format or scenario.”

As for common interview mistakes, she points out not knowing enough about the employer or position, lacking confidence, arriving late and not asking questions. “These mistakes can be avoided by properly preparing for the meeting,” she says.

And what happens if you do make a mistake? Don’t well on it or your confidence can suffer. Her advice includes focusing on putting your best foot forward during the rest of the meeting.

“Your ability to recover may impress the employer. Also, send a thank-you note to the hiring manager after the interview. Aside from being a nice gesture, it’s another opportunity to clarify your responses and make your case to be hired.”