A job interview can turn the coolest candidate into a volatile mess within the first 10 minutes of an interview. Between dressing the part and concentrating on presenting the most favorable non-verbal cues, job candidates have a lot on their plate to impress a complete stranger. Yet, nothing unravels a job candidate and hence, a job’ candidate’s likelihood of receiving a job offer, more than the answers to the 10 most common interview questions.
Tell Me about Yourself
Although technically not a question, the exhortation to open up about your background acts an important prelude to remaining interview questions. Job interviewers are not interested in an extended rambling of everything you have enjoyed and accomplished throughout your life. In fact, if you stray from discussing your professional background and aspirations, most job interviewers make up their minds about you, and you have only mustered five minutes of interview time. The point in an interview when you discuss non-professional interests is when the interviewer asks, “What do you like to do in your spare time.” When the interviewer asks you to describe non-professionals interests, then you have least opened the door to a job offer.