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What Are Some Common Interview Mistakes

ESS Candidate Newsletter – February 2020

Columbus, OH February, 2020

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss what interview mistakes you can try to avoid.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Positions Filled in the Last 30 Days
Ask the Recruiter “What are common interview mistakes?”


Our team at Executive Staffing Solutions just returned from our company trip to Mexico where we relaxed in the sun and bonded with our co-workers and their guests. This annual incentive trip is a great way for our team to connect deeper with each other while continuing to build our company culture.

Relationships are the key to our business success. We get to work with great people who are serious about their job change and companies focused on bringing in the best talent. This is what makes our work so rewarding. The only way ESS experiences success is by understanding the individual needs and goals of the people we help. We have been in this business for 20 years, and we have learned that every person we work with has different goals and objectives. No matter your personal goals, ESS will do its best to help you reach them.

In 2020, we are committed to earning your business and being your recruiter of choice. Let us help you position yourself to achieve all of your career goals.

Whether it is providing a sample resume, providing common interview questions or discussing strategies to use during an interviewing process, we have the resources and experience to get you where you need to go.

Ask the Recruiter – “What are some common interview mistakes?”

Many things can go wrong in an interview. You can avoid mistakes with some preparation and increased self-awareness. Below are three of the most common mistakes people make and what you can do to avoid these.

1. Arrival Time – When we hire recruiters to join our team, our first step is to do a phone interview. We ask the person to call us for the first interview. Besides 50% not calling at all, most of the 50% who do call, call 5 minutes or more before the scheduled time. However, do conference typically start at 10am or 9:55am? When interviewing in person for an interview, 5 minutes prior is a reasonable amount of time. Please note, if you are unfamiliar with the location, registration process etc., please budget accordingly. You do not want to show up out of breath nor do you want to sit in the waiting area for 30 minutes.

2. Questions – You can learn a lot by the questions asked during an interview. Do the questions demonstrate research or are they generic questions? Is the candidate just winging it, or did they write their questions in advance? Is the question clear and concise or does it take 5 minutes to get the question asked?

3. Listening – A good conversation is like hitting a tennis ball back and forth. Each person listens and responds. Too often, people have their own agenda or have a specific point they want to emphasize and pass over the real information the interviewer wants to learn about. In addition, people generally struggle “to listen” to the body language of the interviewer. Are they making eye contact, looking at their computer, checking their phone or simply showing no expression? Mirroring the interviewer’s body language and energy is essential to help your chances of having a successful interview.

Preparation and practice are the keys to interviewing. If you need other suggestions or help with your interview process, please let me know.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at