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By Nick Corcodilos

A headhunter often discovers that a job candidate has a very powerful competitor: himself. A job candidate can be his own worst enemy. He can undermine his efforts without realizing it. This is common in interviewing. While you are trying to perform well, you inadvertently do things that prevent you from achieving your goal.

Part of a headhunter's job is to coach a candidate to avoid "competing with himself". People compete with their own efforts to succeed in two main ways.

First, a candidate's efforts can be undermined because he or she is unprepared. You know what you want, but you have not done what is necessary to achieve it.

Perhaps you didn't know where to get the information you needed to prepare for your meeting. Perhaps you just didn't devote the time necessary to study and think. Or, you thought your knowledge about a subject was exemplary, but you were surprised to learn it wasn't.  Whatever the reason, you have sabotaged your own efforts. The ignorant part of you is competing with the part of you that wants this job. Which part do you think will win?

Second, you undermine your efforts when you are not in control of yourself. You're scared. Anxious. Apprehensive. Lacking confidence. Some of the most talented, well-prepared people fall apart when they have to perform in an interview. If they can't perform, it doesn't matter how skilled they are. The capable part of them is competing with the scared part. The stronger part will win.

Let's approach each of these problems separately...

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