How to avoid committing ‘candidate catastrophes’

I sometimes feel that I’m being a little patronising when I stress things such as the importance of attention to detail when it comes to presenting yourself well as a candidate. The importance of neatness, thoroughness, tenacity, politeness and the multitude of other skills you need to use if you want to get that job should be second nature, shouldn’t they? When I talk to people about candidates who have missed their chance through committing ‘candidate catastrophes’ there’s often a feeling of ‘well it’s obvious, isn’t it?’ and ‘nobody would do anything so stupid would they?’ BUT throughout my career I’ve seen people who have committed ‘candidate catastrophes’ by making the silliest mistakes in ...

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