- 1. Poor non-verbal communication – lack of eye contact
- 2. Not dressing for the job or company – "over casual"
- 3. Not listening – only worrying about what you are going to say
- 4. Talking too much – telling it all – even if it's not relevant
- 5. Being over-familiar – your new best friend is NOT the interviewer
- 6. Using inappropriate language – you "guys" know what I mean
- 7. Acting cocky – being overconfident – "king of the hill"
- 8. Not answering the question asked – "jumping in without thinking"
- 9. Not asking questions – a missed opportunity you will live to regret
- 10. Appearing desperate – "Please, please hire me!"
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I’m sure you’ve left an interview, wondering what you may have messed up. How do you avoid
1. Poor non-verbal communication – lack of eye contact
It’s about demonstrating confidence – standing straight, making eye contact, no slouching or fidgeting, and connecting with a good, firm handshake. That first impression can be a great beginning or a quick ending to your
2. Not dressing for the job or company – “over casual”
Today’s casual dress codes in the office, do not give you permission to dress as “they” do when you
3. Not listening – only worrying about what you are going to say
From the very beginning of the
4. Talking too much – telling it all – even if it’s not relevant
Telling the interviewer more than they need to know could be a fatal mistake. When you have not prepared ahead of time you may tend to ramble, sometimes talking yourself right out of the job. Prepare for the
5. Being over-familiar – your new best friend is NOT the interviewer
6. Using inappropriate language – you “guys” know what I mean
It’s a given that you should use professional language during the
7. Acting cocky – being overconfident – “king of the hill”
Attitude plays a key role in your
8. Not answering the question asked – “jumping in without thinking”
When an interviewer asks for an “example of a time,” you did something, he is seeking a sample of your past behavior. If you fail to relate a “specific” example, you not only don’t answer the question, but you miss an opportunity to prove your ability and tell about your skills.
9. Not asking questions – a missed opportunity you will live to regret
When asked if they have any questions, the majority of candidates answer, “No.” Wrong answer! It is extremely important to ask questions. It demonstrates an interest in what goes on in the company. It also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what is asked during the
10. Appearing desperate – “Please, please hire me!”
It’s a tough job market, and you need a job! But, when you
Everybody makes mistakes – that’s what makes us human. We can laugh at ourselves a great deal of the time when we get tongue-tied or forget someone’s name – even our spouse’s. But in the