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What is the most common mistake managers and executives make in job interviews?

In nine years of serving on the faculty for a global professional association’s annual conference, that is the top question year after year.

Unfortunately, for nine years, my answer has been the same: poor preparation. Most of my former search consultant colleagues agree on this point.

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Today I want to share the three common failings of poor preparation.

  1. Inadequate research on the company, the job, and the questions applicants should be asking.
  2. Failure to prepare for the three common types of interviews: telephone screening, video, and face-to-face.
  3. Inadequate preparation for commonly asked interview questions.