Job Interview Mistakes That Could Really Hurt Your Chances – Part 4

We’ve been tackling a 5-part series covering some of the most common job interview mistakes people are making that are preventing them from getting the opportunity they have been waiting for. This is part 4 of 5 and trust me you want to listen and learn.

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Brian Clapp, Director of Content:job interview mistakes

We’ve been embarking on a 5-part series where we’ve been discussing some of the common job interview mistakes that people out there are doing daily. This is part 4. (See part 1, part 2, part 3)

To refresh your memory, I went out and interviewed a bunch of hiring managers and asked them to tell me some of their biggest pet peeves during the hiring process. Amazingly, out of however many I interviewed, they all came back with almost the same five things.

Therefore, we’re doing a five-part series…see how that works?

Today we’re talking about people who apply for the wrong jobs. Now, you might think to yourself, ‘I’m going to throw my resume out there for this job and just see what happens. Maybe I’m not qualified, maybe I’m not experienced in that realm, but hey what’s the worst that can happen?’

There are a lot of bad things that can happen.

  •  You can be discounted for future jobs at a company because you start to get labeled as someone who just throws their resume out there for any job available.
  • You can make a hiring manager mad, because they’ve wasted time looking at your resume to figure out of you are a solid candidate, only to realize you are not.
  • Or even worse, you can come in for an interview, because you might get lucky enough to get an interview, and then when you get asked, “What do you think is your ideal career path, what do you see for yourself in the future?” And you say, we’ll I’d really like a career in marketing, even though you’re applying and interviewing for a sales job right now. That drives a hiring manager crazy. You’ve essentially told them, ‘I will take a job in marketing as soon as I can get one, so I’m not committed to what you are offering me, and I’m only here because I couldn’t get the job I really wanted and you are an afterthought.’ Another thing that drives hiring managers up a wall.

They want someone to come in that is perfect for their job, wants to be in that career, ready to work hard and has the necessary skills and experience. If not, you are wasting their time and sending the wrong messages out to this company, which could make you blackballed  when opportunities that fit your career goals do actually come up.

So stay in your lane, if you want to work in a certain field, get those skills right, get your experience right and apply for those jobs. Don’t branch out too far or else you are just wasting their time and yours.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


  1. Brian,

    I am interested in a position as an Editor because my ability to discover an error in a written document is extremely astute. Therefore, after completing Part 4 of 5, of ‘Job Interview Mistakes That Could Really Hurt Your Chances’ – I found at least one typographical error in each Part from 1 through 4. The reason I find this important to bring to your attention, is because not only are you a Writer, and hold a position as a Director of Content, but your topic is about job seekers making mistakes during the interview process.

    If I were to edit your work, there would be a lot less use of the word “things” and “that”, which you used in almost every paragraph, and many times in one sentence sounding extremely redundant. Not only do jobseekers make mistakes but so does the people who write about them.

    Beginning with Part 1, the first glaring written error is in your opening statement, ‘I interviewed a hiring manager recently…’, indicating you interviewed one (singular) hiring manager. However, your second paragraph begins with a plural, using the word “them”, ‘I asked them – what is your biggest pet peeve and what do you see to be the biggest job interview mistakes that comes across your desk. He gave me 5, so we are going to make this a 5-Part series.’

    Next when you went back to referring to the hiring manager, you did so in the singular with the words “your”, “you”, “your” and starting the next sentence with “He”. For your knowledge, I read what you had written before listening and watching your video. After I did so, one of my pet peeves is when a person is speaking, and the tone of their voice raises as if asking a question when there is no question. Perhaps you should work on your public speaking skills if you want to be taken seriously.

    This is a very improper trait, especially if a Writer wants to be a Speaker. Please listen to this sentence and pretend you’re the one hearing it, you clearly say the following words in a question form – ‘Do you have any questions for me’ has nothing….”. Right there, while saying the word “nothing”, your voice rises as if asking a question. Very unprofessional sounding.

    In your second to the last paragraph of part 1, you apparently did not use Spell Check after you left the letter “a” out of the word manager. You wrote, ‘This particular hiring manger looked right at me and said…’

    Moving on to Part 2, you wrote, ‘we went out and talked to a bunch of hiring managers’, well I only remember one who you interviewed, not a ‘bunch’. Also, you could have offered some positive tips on how to write a winning cover letter. I was hoping with your background you would have a lot to offer to jobseekers.

    In Part 2, paragraph 3, sentence number 2, when quoting the interviewer; ‘Do you have any questions for me’ has nothing – it tells them they are not fully engaged,…’. Was this your error or the interviewers? Stating ‘it tells them’, should have read, ‘it tells me’. If the person being interviewed responds with an unacceptable answer which may be wrong however, they obviously are not aware ‘they are not fully engaged’. Instead, it is the interviewer who realizes the person they are interviewing is not ‘fully engaged’

    In Part 3, it begins wth an error in sentence structure as you wrote, ‘biggest pet peeves in the interview process?” amazingly the answers were almost all the same. Amazingly should have a capital “A”. You then wrote ‘#3 is errors in the actual submission….’ mentioning ‘you better double, triple and quadruple check it because if you have sloppy work, bad grammar, spelling mistakes…’ I believe you have done exactly what you say you should not do. To write the above sentence properly there should have been the word “and” not a comma between the words ‘grammer and spelling’.

    In Part 4 a comment you made was again not corrected with Spell Check as it reads, ‘And you say, we’ll I’d really like a career in marketing’. The incorrect word ‘we’ll’ should have been ‘well’. And in your closing sentence you left out what I believe should be the letter ‘t’ in the word Don’, ‘Don’ branch out….’.

    As exhausting as this was, I did not continue on to Part 5. Instead I will leave that for you.

    Good Luck!

    • Judi I appreciate your response – the words below the video are a transcript so they are directly taken from the video, which is a live read, no script, no teleprompter. You’ll find most people don’t speak with perfect grammar and I am no exception. If my point was lost and you couldn’t muddle through my less than perfect vernacular, I apologize. I get your point you’re trying to knock me down a peg, the thing is you don’t have to do that, my goal is to teach people and share with them mistakes I have made countless times. I am not perfect, and never do I try to give off that vibe. If I can help one person focus a little better on their interview I think that is helpful. Best of luck to you Judi – I hope you watch #5…should be out soon! – Brian

      • If i read these articles with the hopes of a better grasp of the English language, i may have also taken the time to correct each mistake (probably still not). I believe you have improved the hireability for those who took ( constructive ) notes.
        Thank you Brian,

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