7 Most Common Job Interview Mistakes And What To Do Instead

We’ve all made mistakes. We make them all the time but in a job interview, that one mistake may spell the end of you as a candidate for that particular role. All of them are obvious and all of them are avoidable - however, some often fall under the radar. Here is some advice on how to avoid them and, in turn, avoid potentially scuppering your prospects as a candidate.

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Stephen Wright
LinkedIn Profile: How To Stand Out

As the competition for the Conservative Party leadership heats up, I was considering how you can make yourself stand out in a crowded marketplace using your LinkedIn Profile. When LinkedIn was launched in 2003, most people thought of it as a platform for online CVs. Many still (mistakenly) do, but things have moved on.

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Stephen Wright
11 CV FAQs

The moment that we think it is time to up-date our CV, a number of questions come to mind. Here are some answers to the 11 FAQs. Our expertise in this field comes for reading the top then selling CV books in the British Library, a career of recruiting in financial services and writing CVs and Linkedin Profiles for our dozens of delighted clients.

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Stephen Wright
Job Interview Research and How To Use It

Doing great research before any job interview is a given, but how do you use it to good effect and what are the three common mistakes easily made? Here are a few ideas to make sure that your time spent preparing for an interview is both purposeful and impactful.  

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Stephen Wright
Negotiation: Why Win-Win Is So Important

When negotiating your compensation and package, it is vital that you find a deal that is fair to you and fair to your employer - a win for you and a win for them. During my career in Executive Search, I developed a good level of expertise in finding the right number for both parties. I have taken these skills and used them to help coaching clients when their job offer is on the table. 

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Stephen Wright
Qualifying: The 3 Meanings in Job Search

Anyone who has read a sales book or done sales training will be familiar with the term ‘Qualifying’. It is, however, one of those words that has a number of meanings all of which are useful concepts that we can take from sales and apply to job search and interviews. Let’s take a look.

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Stephen Wright
You Have Been Approached! Now What?

It is, I imagine, very exciting and flattering to be approached by another firm, via a recruiter or directly, to open a discussion about joining them. We all want to be wanted. This is especially true if this firm is credible and has a good reputation in its field. Don’t get swept away as they ‘love bomg’ you, rather a cool head is now needed to make a sober and realistic appraisal of your current firm and the approaching firm, contrasting and comparing their respective merits so that you can make the best decsion.

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And I Would Like To Thank...

Listening to the speeches given at the Oscars ceremony provides lessons for job seekers on how to strike the right balance between modesty and yet acknowledging one’s contribution as they present themselves in job interviews. Here are some thoughts.

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Stephen Wright
LinkedIn How To | Changing Your LinkedIn Background Photo

When browsing LinkedIn profiles, I am always struck by how few professionals have bespoke images as their background header. Your background header appears behind your profile photo in the ‘introduction card’ on your LinkedIn profile. Changing the default header image has an impact on the aesthetics of your LinkedIn profile: it makes your profile richer, more full and enables it to stand out amongst the crowd of bland LinkedIn profiles.

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How Keen is Too Keen?

As a favour, I once introduced a young soon-to-be fashion graduate to a friend of mine who holds a senior position at a fantastic luxury brand. This graduate wanted to be a buyer and there was a strong chance that with her excellent grades, an introduction might help her secure her a great first job. However, after they had met, I was somewhat disappointed when my friend said: “She didn’t get it.” He didn’t mean ‘it’ as in the job - rather, he meant that she did not seem to fully appreciate the brand, product and firm that he loves with a passion. I suspect that whilst she saw this as a brilliant career opportunity for a recent graduate, she had underestimated just how strongly people feel about the firm that they work for and therefore how much enthusiasm she needed to show.

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Networking: Two ways to make it easy and some magic words

Spending precious time investing in your network can seem like a drag until you are in trouble and really need help. By then, it is something that you can regret not having done in good time. As Harvey Mackay said, “Dig your well before you are thirsty”. Here are two ways to integrate networking into your working day, knowing that little and often will compound up and you will have a healthy, relevant professional network with a high level of social capital.


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Interview Archetypes and Why They Are Useful to Consider

Knowing who will be interviewing and what their concerns are will help you navigate your next interviews effectively and give you a competative advantage over your competition. This is where Archetypes come in. Read about the five Interviewer Archetypes that you can expect to meet during your job search journey.

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Stephen Wright