Unable to toot one’s horn is a possible career killer
Job applicants are imperfect on their own. Interviews can never be perfect too. Interviewers also make mistakes that lead applicants to overpower them. However, an interviewer being manipulated by the interviewee occurs rarely. Interviewers are equipped with the psychological mind-set in pressuring the interviewee on the hot seat. However, in most cases, there are mistakes that job seekers make even before they start discussing their qualifications with the interviewer. Common mistakes like stammering in front of the interviewer or feeling nervous during the course of the interview are demonstrated by unprepared applicants incapable of clearly summarizing their competencies or branding strategies.
1. Unable to present a well-written resume that covers all professional aspects of the applicant
Being unable to bring a copy or two of the resume is highly unprofessional. The changing landscape of job application has made it easier for applicants to submit their resume via online job portals such as Monster. While the process of applying for jobs has become more accessible and lenient, applicants fail to grasp the concept that they still need to bring their resume even after submitting their CVs on the company’s database.
It is not in the practice of interviewers to review an applicant’s resume on the computer screen. Interviewers require themselves to bring a copy of the applicant’s resume for interviewers to measure whether they are qualified or competent enough for the job being applied for.
2. Not knowing how to summarize one’s professional competencies
Interviewers want clear, crisp conversations that shoot straight up to the point. Still, many applicants fail to move the interview in a direction that dwells within the parameters of work experience, career, and educational history. Most applicants engross the interviewer with irrelevant, humdrum stories that lack clout and are only quantitative in meaning or content.
3. Being unable to toot one’s horn
Bragging in front of the interviewer is tolerable. Interviewers favor applicants who know how to empower themselves by bringing into light their key strengths and accomplishments.
Tooting one’s horn is frequently executed by applicants who lack the optimism, enthusiasm, and drive to keep the interviewer on the edge of their seat. Being unable to brag, or at least unwrap job potentials and core competencies during the interview is a shortcut to failing to capture the interviewer’s attention.
4. Going into the interview without a blueprint for success
Finally, most job applicants rush into the interview without understanding why will they talk with the interviewer in the first place. Establishing a career starts when an individual enters the interview room. From that point on, applicants try their best to spotlight their professional background by strategically stating their interest in the job being applied for.