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Episode #20 | Staffing Agency Tulsa Podcast | 11 most common interview mistakes part 1

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You are listening to Trinity Employment’s, a player matchmaker Staffing Agency Tulsa podcast starring your host and the cofounder of Trinity Employment Specialists, Cory Minter. Hi, welcome to the a player matchmaker. I’m here with Ethan May and we’re

knocking out our afternoon with this podcast, but this is what we’re going to be talking about today. The 11 most common interviewee interviewing mistakes that employees make. Um, we are always trying to add value to the employees that we work with and the employers that we work with. It’s really, really important that we do that in. So that’s why we’re bringing you this title. And the reason that we think that it’s important is that there are many employees that go through an interview and they really, really struggle, um, not knowing what it is that they’re doing wrong. Um, and today I did a mock interview, a class for a school and was able to provide some really key in it, you know, helpful advice on this. People really struggle with this and Greeley, great people and really smart people as well. So we’re hoping that this helps.

This helps someone today. Um, you know, we want to ask you to, to invite people to this podcast. We had this only online right now. We’ll be moving to iTunes soon, but there are a lot of people that really struggle with the job searching process and we want to be able to help them whether you’re an employer or an employee. So please, uh, let somebody know about this. If you find it helpful, we don’t make a dime off this. This is just something where we’re wanting to add value. Um, so we’re going to have another topic coming up here in here, next talking about when to turn down a promising job candidates. So that’ll be our next session. But we want to go ahead and get started on this particular topic. Uh, tee us up real quick with some statistics about some interviewing. I found this kind of interesting.

Yeah, we’ve got lots of stats and I love stats for whatever reason. You know, it’s interesting. I’m not really a numbers guy. I don’t like numbers really. I failed almost every math class I was ever in, but I love stats. Like these are so interesting to me. But stats for some reason make almost anything interesting. And maybe that’s it. That’s why we spent, well you can say a stat about anything, you know, I don’t know if you notice it or not, but Ethan always gives a reference for our stats because if you’re, have you ever met the guy that makes something interesting by quoting some stat that comes from nowhere and you can say anything that would be interesting. I mean, I could say, listen, only 1% of elephants like to drink water through their snout. Snuffles now their trunk. Trunk.

Okay. If you had, if you had missed that. Yeah, that’s pretty interesting. Even though he’s only 1% of elephants. Oh my gosh. You know, it just interests anyone. I don’t think you have to be a numbers game. Well, I appreciate that. So I’ll proceed with these stats to mask the fact that I’m not a very interesting person then. This is the interesting bit. Then. Um, no. So there was a study done by simply hired, uh, that they surveyed different hiring managers and different, the Aston basically different habits or different things to be able to do in interviews. And what percentage of them thought that that thing negatively affected the interview? So I mean right at the top, and this one’s most obvious, at least in my mind is 93% of hiring managers said that if someone arrives late to an interview that they obviously very quickly have negative, negative perception of that person right off the bat.

And another one in, we kind of experienced this in an interview recently as well was it says 92% of hiring managers think negatively of a Staffing Agency Tulsa candidate when they start whining a lot in their interview. And that happened to us pretty recently, Corey. Yeah, it did. In fact, I kind of thought your, your terminology used of the day or just a minute ago was interesting. You called it professional wining fashional whining. Yeah. It wasn’t just sitting there and whining like a child, the way that they were talking, it seemed almost like they’re being really professional about it. And until we realize 10 minutes later, all they’d been doing was just talking bad about their last job. They’ll last company, all of this stuff. And everyone, we all walked out of that interview just knowing, man, that was not a good interview. Well, and no question, we weren’t going to move forward with that, but I’ll tell you, you know, I don’t, there’s no way that she walked in there and going, you know what, I’ll tell you what, I’m going to wind for the next hour or I’m going to complain for the next hour.

Um, that is not the way this person came in. That’s not what they wanted to do. Um, I promise you they probably were interested in were and, and wanted to perform well. But the thing is, if you don’t, if you’re not careful, that’s where some people get into doing that. And it’s not that they’re bad people. Um, and it’s not necessarily that they’re bad employees, but it certainly gives off the wrong impression. Sure. And it’s easy to fall into that, especially when they super common interview question is, so why are you looking for a new job? Or why’d you leave your last company? People are curious and they want to know. And so it’s really easy to slide into that. You just have to be really self aware and self conscious enough to, um, to understand the line between explaining and not whining. I think that’s actually really just being self aware of yourself and how you’re portraying yourself is probably the biggest way to avoid some of these big interviewing mistakes that we’re going over.

But there was one here on the list that I found kind of interesting. It’s their hiring managers were kind of split on it. So there’s kind of a neutral feeling when people do this. But it says using a gimmick. So something like sending baked goods or gifts or something that’s never happened to me ever. It has that ever happened to you? Like, yeah, I’ve had it happen. I’ve had it happen one time in particular it where somebody sent me like this really, uh, like a cake, like a full cake. Um, and it came in a box and everything. Like a homemade cake or like from a store cake or, yeah, yeah. But I felt really bad because it was somebody we, we didn’t hire. It wasn’t that they were bad, but listen, I don’t know what was, I was like, I’m not going to eat that cake because I mean, I don’t know.

Scared. Do you? Well, I don’t know. I mean, this was, it wasn’t here at this company. It was, this was when I was, uh, you know, I was in an oil and gas field and most likely that was a really good cake that somebody put a lot of effort into, but I was like, man. And so I took her to the rest of my team. They’re like, no way, man. Oh geeze. Yeah. That’s interesting. Yes, definitely. Definitely the rapping to me. But those first two are definitely, those are super, um, affecting to me. I mean, if someone shows up late for an interview with me, I almost already know that I don’t want to hire them. I’m just curious, really, uh, like hemp. What, what do you think the percentages I just made fun of people that come up with random numbers, but like on an average, like how many percentage of people either show up late or just don’t show up for interviews?

Um, honestly I think what it depends on is kind of what we’re hiring for. Um, some positions you get that a little bit more, it would just based on the candidates you pull in, I’d say maybe 15 to 15 to 20% of my release chill plate or don’t show up at all. See, we have, we have those stats of how many didn’t show up. Yeah. I’d have to go into our database to, to, to research it. But that’s, that’s a high number. It really is. I’d say more people just don’t show up. Then people show up late with me personally. Right. Yeah. Like I think that happens a lot if someone’s like, oh my gosh, I’m running late. I think some people are scared and they just don’t show up at all. Well, what’s interesting is, um, you know, it’s been a while since I’ve recruited, but when I did recruit, I can promise you, I can promise you we did not have near as many people just not show up really.

Oh no, nowhere even close. Like there’s something that changed in our culture and probably for all of Americans cause all of HR people are talking about it. You know, when we go to functions and stuff like that, that, you know, we’re, we’re all trying to scratch our heads with it. But, um, but yeah, it’s, it’s way, way different. We have any quotes about, about this topic. We’ve got two. One of them is from Andrew Carnegie actually, and I really enjoy this quote. It just talks about what kind of sets an employee or a worker or the average person above others. Um, and he says the average person puts only about 25% of his energy into his work. The world takes off. It’s hat to those who put it put in more than 50% of their capacity in the world stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

Um, and that devoting 100% starts with preparing for an interview. You know, I really liked that quote. Well that that quote is probably the title. It’s one of the, it’s a piece of the title of our Staffing Agency Tulsa podcasts. You know, the, a player matchmaker and you know, basically what he’s trying to do is he’s defining a players, B players and c players and, and he’s, he’s saying, listen, people stand on their heads. Uh, for that one. Do you have anything else before we got into the, I’ve got one more quote and it says a word of advice. Your interview is about you. It’s not about the school you went to, what you majored in, what your GPA was or who your parents happen to be. Or No, most of that stuff is right on your resume and it might even have gotten you into the room, but it won’t get you much farther.

And the interview’s about you. And that’s actually a quote by Ivanka Trump. Oh boy. Oh boy. And I know him. We just did half the country. Ethan, I’m telling you half the country who might be listening to this will be irritated, but in the other half might have, but lovelies, just know this before you hate on us. So it’s just a good quote. It was, it was a good quote. It actually, it was really a good quote. I tried to be political. That’s a really good quote. The interview is about you and a and less about your resume. It’s super true. Yeah. Well let’s, let’s get, let’s get started. The very first one we’ve already talked about, um, at, at pretty decent links. So we’ll probably just mention it and move on. Um, is just arriving late. Holy Cow. Uh, is, is that going to be a turnoff?

Um, you know, if, if you ever are going to be arriving late because of traffic or something like that, I would highly, highly recommend that you call them before time that you’re supposed to be there. Um, everyone has traffic issues. Um, and, and we, we’ve had them, I’ve had them. Uh, and, and it’s going to happen. Yeah. And we can tell when you give us a w when someone gives me a call and says, I’m so sorry, I’m stuck in traffic. There’s construction, I’m running late. I can tell over the phone they’re there. They’re being genuine with that. And when they show up, even if they’re late, they called me. I don’t even care that it was like, it didn’t happen. Yeah. Next one is my, my, uh, interest. Some people are surprised. Some people I’m, I’m sorry. Um, is arriving to early? Um, yes.

It happens. It happens here a lot. We’ve had people show up two and three hours early for the interview here. I had someone show up yesterday at 10:00 AM for their interview and their interview with me, it was scheduled for three 30 in the afternoon. They showed him, I said, hey, just didn’t know if he had any free time. Now I thought I’d swing by. I’m like, what are you doing man? Yeah, I’m busy. Like I got stuff to do, you know? But then he just sat there for a while. So I went up and I made time to interview him. That but not, not a good, yeah. So you don’t want to throw off the person’s schedule or make them feel bad that you’re sitting out there for so long. Um, just, just keep, just make sure and keep it le, uh, not any more than 15 minutes early and when you’re supposed to be there probably is a good, is a good indicator there for ya.

Um, appearing unpolished, um, this, this happens whether, you know, a lot of times we’re talking about how to interview, you know, and sometimes your interviewing skill and your ability to do it is going to give an appearance of being unpolished or unprepared or something like that. And really preparation is going to change your circumstances most likely. And so make sure that you prepare and you know what you’re going, you’re, you’re know what you’re going into. Do you have anything to say about that? For me. I mean looking, looking, polished, you know, is it, that has nothing to do with, you know, being the most stylish person or anything like that. Really. It just make sure that when you show up, you look like you’re ready for a professional interview, you know? And, and sometimes that means I’m going to set up my, my clothes and would wear to the interview, uh, the night before, so I’m not 10 minutes before I have to leave.

Just grabbing something thrown together. It’s all wrinkled. I show up, out of breath. I mean, you just, you know, just take care to, to show like you’re professional, you know? Yeah. The, the next, the next one, number four is not bringing you a copy of your resume. You just need to remember, listen, you never know how many people you’re gonna meet with. Um, you might be just meeting with that one person that you, that set up the interview with you. Um, you might be meeting with their team and if you have extra copies of your resume and you offer them, it’s just going to give you a little bit of a leg up and make you look, um, prepared and uh, and thoughtful. But the thing is, is if you don’t have one, the opposite, the opposite is going to happen and uh, and people are going to be, might be a little bit frustrated that you don’t have one.

You know, most companies if you’ve sent it via email, you know, they have an electronic copy that they can probably go print out for you. But um, but man come prepared is just, it’s just a big deal. Oh yeah, definitely. I mean showing up, I’m best case and worst case scenario there, worst case scenario is that they don’t have your resume. They ask you for it, you don’t have it and then they have nothing to talk about and you go home and you know, get the job. And then best case scenario is you print off some extra copies and then they have it and it just, you don’t ever pull them out. I wouldn’t, that has like zero harm to you. Might as well do it just in case. Right. Um, the, the number five is displaying low energy. Now I’ll tell you, me and Nathan, right before we started this podcast today, we were like, Eh, we’re like, man, we’re, we’re both kind of feeling down right now.

We’re, we, it’s just because we’ve got a lot going on here. We’re working hard. Um, I’ve been running all over the place and really my, my mind is just, oh my gosh, what just happened? I feel like I’m going a million miles an hour and sometimes you might feel like you have low energy, but just like what we’re doing right now, I mean, we’re not going to show low energy, especially doing this or at least most people won’t, will stop listening if that’s the case. Did the same thing will happen in your interview? Um, you know, if we were very low energy, didn’t put any kind of effort into this, um, it would easily be able to show and it would bore people and they tune out and that’s exactly what would happen in an interview. So we have one more and then we are probably going to cut and do a part two of this be just from time standpoint.

And that is the law. The last one for this segment is focusing too much on themselves. Um, you, you can become, you can easily become, um, uh, viewed as self focused and who likes working with somebody who is self focused, who has done that. Think about it. Some of these people who are very selfish or very difficult to work with, you know, and if anything else, they’re just tough to play in the sand with the other kids in the same box because they always take your shovel, you know? And so you want to make sure that you don’t do that in, in an, in an interview. Do you have any stories or anything to add to that before we shut down? Yeah, I mean obviously the interview is about you because you’re the one that’s kind of being interviewed for a position, but there’s a difference between talking about yourself and focusing way too much on yourself.

And, um, you know, some of the more comedic, well comedic to me afterwards have been times where I sit down, I ask a question like, so why’d you end up leaving your last job? And then like 10 minutes later we’re talking about how many dogs they have and where they got their dogs. There’s a real person and how they are passively, you know, on their own free time. Like a dog breeder. Did I need a dog? Do I have friends that need dogs? And I’m like, how did we get here? You know, it’s been like 10 minutes. I haven’t said a single word. And that was, that was no fun for me. There might have been fun for them to talk, but that was no fun for me to listen to that. Yeah. Yeah. Sometimes you might get someone who, uh, really hadn’t spoken to someone. I don’t that a lot to say. Just really wanted someone to talk to, you know? Yeah. Well speaking of not talking too much, we got to shut this one down here. Um, listen, if we can help you in any way, we would love to. At Trinity it, whether you’re an employer or an employee. Um, we are a resource for you, so please give us a call at nine 186-222-FIVE, eight eight or you can visit us online where we have a lot of content, including this Staffing Agency Tulsa podcast.