It's not hard to mess up an interview.
Most people feel nervous sting across from a hiring manager, answering questions that effectively open themselves up for judgment.
And your chances of being more carefully considered for the job can quickly go downhill just by saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
The most obvious thing not to do is complain.
Employers want to hire positive people.
Talking about a previous job negatively raises concerns that you might be difficult to manage, or you might be someone that blames management for your own poor performance.
Don't say that you've moved around in jobs because you haven't found the right fit or feel that you were not challenged enough.
Statements like these will make you sound aimless and lost.
And interviewer may well think why would this role be any different for you.
You will probably leave here in six months.
It also begs a question of what type of relationship you had with your manager.
It doesn't sound like you had open communication with him or her.
Managers usually love people who can self-sustain and enable growth through taking initiative, who are strong at following through their work and who bring ideas and solutions to the table.
If you were in a management or leadership position when discussing your current role, never take all the credit for accomplishments or achievements.
Emphasize your team and how through their talents your vision was realized.
Most successful leaders know that they are only as good as their team.
And acknowledging this in an interview will go a long way towards suggesting that you might be the right person for the position you are applying for.
Lastly, have a good idea of what your role would be.
And try and convey the idea that you're flexible.
Asking what your role would be suggests you will limit yourself purely to what is expected of you.
In reality, your role is whatever you make of it.
This is especially true in small companies, where the ability to adapt and take on new responsibilities is highly valued.
And this is equally important, if you're just starting out.
Entry-level interviewees would do well to demonstrate a broad set of skills in most interviews.
It's important to have a wide skill set, as many startups and small companies are moving really fast.
Employers are looking for candidates that are intelligent and can quickly adapt and excel in a growing company.
Questions 22 to 25 are based on the recording you have just heard.
Q22: What does the speaker say can easily prevent an interviewee from getting a job?
Q23: What should the interviewee avoid doing in an interview?
Q24: What kind of employees do companies like to recruit?
Q25: What is especially important for those working in a small company?