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Ten Ways To Strike Out At An Interview

Ten Ways To Strike Out At An Interview

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1. You arrive late to the interview. Interviewer translation: "I don't care about getting the job."
Always arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make a good first impression.

2. You're rude to the receptionist. Interviewer translation: "I'm difficult to get along with."
Receptionists are the gate keepers, they are the eyes and ears of the company

3. You answer questions with overused responses. Interviewer translation: "I'm not a leader, I will not contribute original ideas."
Telling the interviewer you are a work a holic will draw out a yawn. Prepare potential responses ahead of time that sound natural and professional.

4. You don't ask any questions. Interviewer translation: "I'm not that interested in your company."
The interview should be a two-way conversation to determine if you are the right fit for the company, and if the company is the right fit for you.

5. Your answer to Tell us about yourself, is "What would you like to know?" Interviewer translation: "I have nothing exceptional to offer this company."
This is your opportunity to brag a little about yourself and your accomplishments. Don't waste this chance by appearing as if all you did was what you were told to do by your former employer. Show your new potential employer that you solve problems.

6. Using inappropriate language. Interviewer translation: "I'm unprofessional."
There is the casual everyday you and than there is the professional career you. Remember to leave the casual you at home for interviews. Even if words are only mildly "unprofessional" or somewhat unacceptable, there is no place for them in an interview.

7. You trash-talk about your former boss / employer / co workers. Interviewer translation: "I can not be trusted with confidential company information. I do not get along with others."
If you left your prior job on poor terms, you need to put this relationship in a positive light for the interview. Never bring negativity into the interview. Find a way to make a positive out of a negative.

8. You ask the interviewer to not contact your former employer. Interviewer translation: "I have something to hide."
If you left your prior job on poor terms with your boss, you can always name someone else in the organization as a reference.

9. You exaggerate your accomplishments or credentials. Interviewer translation: "I'm not qualified for this job"
A skilled interviewer will easily see the lies in your background or experience. Even if you don't have a lot of experience or skills, state the qualifications you do have with confidence.

10. You don't thank the interviewer. Interviewer translation: "I'm not really interested in getting this job."
Forgetting to thank your interviewers in writing for their time can take the luster from even the most interested employer interviewee.


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