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Surprising Reasons you Blew that Interview

  • Feb 23, 2016
  •  Written by Ken
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4 Surprising Reasons you Blew that Interview

Many HR professionals have shared with me 5 categories they check off during an interview.

  1. Excitement and interest in the job
  2. Energy
  3. Exchange, the ability to communicate and listen
  4. Effort and ability to connect with those in the room and other potential co-workers
  5. Engage in intelligent dialog regarding skill-set and how you can meet the needs of the job

One of my favorite ways to prepare for an interview is to come up with a list of 10 potential questions, give that list to a friend, and ask him or her to interview me.

At the end of a recent faux-interview, I asked my friend how I’d done. I was pretty sure he was going to say, “Fantastic!”

But instead he responded, “Hmm…I wasn’t very impressed.”

Have you ever experienced the same discrepancy between your evaluation—and the interviewer’s? (And found out when you never got a call to come back in for another round?) Here are the four reasons you might think you knocked it out of the park—when you actually blew it.



This was my friend’s number-one gripe: Even though I had clearly done my research, I didn’t seem like I was super-pumped about the company or the position. While I thought I was being calm and collected, he said I came across as “meh.”



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