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Interviewing 

Interviewer Mistakes

Have you ever reflected on your own interview approach and style and examined specific areas of improvement?

WZ evaluates several interviews every year and time and again we find two common mistakes that can cost interviewers dearly.  

The first mistake is interviewers show the subject their evidence. Sometimes this process becomes necessary, but the big mistake we see is interviewers who provide evidence too early, or show too much of it. One of the biggest advantages we have is the subject doesn’t know exactly what we know. As soon as we start divulging our evidence, we start limiting our chances of success because it also reveals what we don’t know.  

The second mistake is the confession becomes too important to the interviewer. The subject can often identify this fact and use it as motivation to withhold information. This cycle can then create the impression that the interviewer does not know the whole story, impacting the credibility of the interviewer.  

Please remember to hold back your evidence for as long as you can and to stay calm and within yourself during your interviews. The focus should be obtaining the truth. If you self-reflect often, you can continuously improve your interview skills.

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