In this video, Work It Daily’s J.T. O’Donnell helps you avoid two common missteps that interviewees typically make.

First, they are often unprepared to answer behavioral questions—open-ended questions that require the candidate to give a story that reflects on their behavior. What was your most challenging situation with a co-worker at your job?

  • A long-winded answer shows you weren’t prepared
  • Your answers should be succinct, logical and factual
  • You want it to sound like: I’ve been there, I’ve done that, I know what I’m doing

In addition, interviewees frequently fail to make the interview a two-way conversation.

  • The interview can be the beginning of a relationship with someone you’re going to work with
  • Have a conversation—the comfort created will make the interviewer feel much better about you as a potential co-worker
  • Be ready with engaging questions