Avoid These Errors in the Interview: Ryan Kohler's Guide to Avoiding Interview Pitfalls

Ever wondered if your interview was more of a comedy of errors than a professional meeting?  

If you've ever left an interview room with the sinking feeling that you might have said the wrong thing, you're not alone. 



Let's dive into the insights from Cassandra's video, '10 Things to Never Say in an Interview,' and add a sprinkle of my experience to help you ace that interview with finesse!"


Hello, job seekers! I'm Ryan Kohler, the founder of ApplicantPro and your guide in the job prospecting journey.


Drawing from Cassandra's essential tips and my two decades in the hiring industry, let's dissect these interview faux pas to ensure your next interview is a step towards success, not a stumble.


1. The Misguided Query: "What Would I Be Doing in This Role?" 
This question can be a red flag to interviewers. It suggests you haven't done your homework. Instead, frame your inquiries to show you've researched and understood the role but are eager to learn more. For instance, "Could you describe some of the day-to-day responsibilities this role entails?" shows initiative and interest.


2. The Superhero Syndrome: "I Can Handle Any Situation" 
Avoid absolute statements that paint you as infallible. No one is perfect, and claiming so can come off as arrogance. Share examples where you've adapted and overcome challenges, which shows resilience and humility - two traits highly valued in any employee.


3. The Taboo Topic: Salary Discussions 
Discussing pay prematurely can be a turn-off. It’s essential to understand your worth, but timing is key. Wait for the employer to initiate this conversation or subtly research beforehand. This approach shows that your primary interest lies in the role and the company, not just the paycheck.


4. The Negative Narrative: Speaking Ill of Past Employers 
Never badmouth previous employers or colleagues. This raises questions about your professionalism and discretion. Instead, focus on positive learning experiences from past roles, even if they were challenging.


5. Confidence vs. Cockiness 
There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Ensure your stories and achievements are told with a tone of gratitude and teamwork. Remember, it's not just about what you've accomplished; it's about how you've contributed to a collective success.


6. Desperation is Not a Strategy 
Expressing desperation for a job can backfire. Convey enthusiasm and interest in the role and how you can contribute to the company’s success. Employers are looking for candidates who are passionate about the opportunity, not just in need of a paycheck.


7. Nervousness is Natural, But Don’t Highlight It 
It’s normal to be nervous, but there’s no need to highlight this in the interview. Focus on delivering your prepared responses confidently. Practice makes perfect – rehearse your answers to common interview questions to minimize nerves.


8. The Recommendation Trap 
If you've been recommended for a position, let your skills and the interview speak for themselves. Overemphasizing a recommendation might come off as though you're relying on connections rather than merit.


9. Industry Ignorance 
Make sure you show genuine interest and knowledge about the company and its products or services. Saying you’ve never engaged with what they offer can be a deal-breaker. Tailor your responses to reflect your understanding and enthusiasm for their work.


10. The Competitor Conundrum 
Avoid praising or mentioning a competitor in your interview. It’s essential to focus on the company you are interviewing with, showing that your interest and research are dedicated solely to them.


Wrapping It Up 
As a seasoned professional in the hiring arena, I've seen these blunders play out time and again. Remember, an interview is more than just a Q&A session; it’s a performance where your words, attitude, and understanding of the role all play a crucial part. 

So, next time you’re preparing for an interview, keep these tips in mind. 


Turn the interview room into your stage, where you deliver a performance that's memorable for all the right reasons. 


Good luck, and remember, every interview is an opportunity to showcase the best version of your professional self!