How often do you see candidates bomb their interview because of a single big mistake during the interview?

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 220,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our newsletter.

How often do you see candidates bomb their interview because of a single big mistake during the interview?

  • All the time
  • Frequently
  • Sometimes
  • Rarely
  • Never

SWAP OUT ANALYSIS A willingness to change. Change is difficult and often painful, but many of you say you’re willing to challenge long-standing approaches to doing things. The real obstacle to overcome with respect to change is changing your own mindset about how things need to be done. It’s easy to see the flaws in others’ approaches. It’s more difficult to see when you need to be the one to change. Try to separate yourself from your prior decisions. Assess how the world has changed and made your prior approaches irrelevant. The less you make it about you, the easier it is to change what needs to be changed.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS. Before launching his own company, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He's the author of three leadership books: "One Piece of Paper," "Lead Inside the Box" and "The Elegant Pitch."