There have been many instances throughout my career where a candidate I have represented to a client came out thinking “that’s in the bag” when that was so far from the truth.
While the factors for this vary greatly, complacency is one of the biggest killers of successful job interviews & therefore job offers.
If you have an interview, no matter if it’s your 1st or 4th preference, you need to show up looking your best, along with a positive attitude & having done research on the company, because hey, it’s better to have 4 offers on the table than none & maybe that number 4 preference turns out to be the opportunity your dying to get!
The second example in this article highlights this, along with a few other truths about the hunt for the perfect job.
The hiring manger asked you about your timeline, spent a lot of time answering your questions and even requested a list of your references. You both laughed and smiled a lot. So logically, you allow yourself to breathe a sigh of relief. You might even pause your high-intensity job hunt because it looks like things are going well. The truth: You’re operating off (potentially) false hope.