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What Not To Do!

Reprinted from PN April 2011

Interview blunders could be costing you a job. Here's what not to do.

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Interview blunders could be costing you a job. You can’t afford to make mistakes in today’s highly competitive market. Here are some of the faux pas reported by a CareerBuilder survey. Interviewees:

- Provided a list of how a previous employer had made them mad

- Hugged a hiring manager at the end of the interview

- Ate all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions

- Constantly bad-mouthed their spouse

- Wore a hat that said, “Take this job and shove it”

- Talked about how an affair cost him a previous job

- Blew her nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of her

- Brought a copy of a college diploma that had obviously been altered

- Threw his beer can in the outside trash before coming into the reception office

- Had a friend come in and ask, “How much longer?”

Employers reported mistakes including:

- Answering a cellphone or texting during the interview

- Dressing inappropriately

- Appearing disinterested

- Appearing arrogant

- Speaking negatively about a current or previous employer

- Chewing gum

- Not providing specific answers

- Not asking good questions

You should stand out—but for the right reasons.

 

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