Career Experts Says Interview Style May be to Blame for Blunders


The interview is the most important 60 minutes of the job search. Yet it takes only seconds to botch a first impression. In his recently released assessment, John Liptak helps job seekers discover how their interview style may be keeping them from winning job offers.

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July 25, 2007

Indianapolis, IN - According to a survey of recruiters by Korn/Ferry International, the most common mistakes candidates make during a job interview include talking too much, lacking knowledge about the company, having an over-inflated ego, and appearing overconfident.

Within seconds these mistakes can turn an employer off to the idea of hiring a candidate. Yet, many job seekers repeatedly make these mistakes, unknowingly costing themselves job offers. A new assessment, Interview Style Inventory, suggests the key to overcoming these interview blunders is for job seekers to understand how their personality influences their interview style.

John Liptak, author of the assessment, says, "Job candidates who understand their personality type and are aware of their interview strengths and weaknesses can better explore ways to improve their interview performance."

In the assessment, Liptak breaks down a person's interview style into four scales that represent the four major personality styles: achiever, intuitor, energizer, and analyzer. Each style connects to a set of interview strengths and weaknesses a job seeker may possess. For example, the intuitor part of a person's personality indicates the person possesses effective listening skills, but may need to be more assertive and enthusiastic in interviews.

According to Liptak, job seekers who want to improve their interview performance should use these interview styles to identify where their strengths and weaknesses are. Additionally, it's essential for job seekers to not only improve the interview style linked to their personality, but to develop traits within other interview styles as well. Doing so will help a job seeker adapt to a variety of interview situations and showcase him or her as a highly-qualified, outstanding candidate to recruiters and hiring managers.

"An analysis of your interview style will help you make better use of your strengths, become more aware of your weaknesses, and learn ways to integrate all of the four styles to be a more effective interviewer," says Liptak.

Interview Style Inventory is available from the publisher ( or 1.800.648.JIST). For a free media copy or to speak with the author, contact Natalie Ostrom.

JIST, America's Career Publisher, is a division of EMC/Paradigm Publishing and is the leading publisher of job search, career, occupational information, life skills and character education books, workbooks, assessments, videos and software.


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