Landmines: Common Challenges & Mistakes

Module: 7

A job hunt, especially the interview process, can be a nerve-wracking experience. This module highlights some of the common mistakes we see some candidates make and how you can avoid and recover from them. Remember, with practice comes mastery. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Watch the video to learn from US Air Force Veteran and Executive Talent Acquisition Expert – Karli Waldon – as she shares some of the challenges that she sees a lot of job seekers make.

Key Take-aways

  • It becomes easier to qualify or disqualify opportunities that align with your vision of success if you have already defined those factors 
  • Your online presence is your personal brand. Your LinkedIn, other social media profiles, and even text messages should personify your professionalism to avoid giving employers any red flags
  • Potentially the biggest red flag in an interview process is the candidate looking/sounding underprepared. Take the time to practice
  • Be mindful of your appearance and professionalism. Invest in the time to understand the role and the company
  • If you are being considered for a role, carry your professionalism wherever you are. Bragging or bad-mouthing after an interview in a lobby, airport, or even an Uber can find a way back to the hiring manager in unexpected ways
  • Questions during an interview should be to clarify the role’s responsibilities and challenges, NOT “what’s in it for me?”
  • Close the interview! Show your interest in the next steps of the process
Download the checklist below to get comfortable with the pre-interview and post-interview processes


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