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What NOT to do on interview

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on March 14, 2011

On ” JOB TALK” we usually talk about hot to put together your resume, cover letter, how to dress, etc. Those things are very important which is why I talk about them frequently.  However, for the purpose of this article, I want to talk about what NOT to do. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Here are some things you want to make sure you avoid in an interview.

Do NOT ask how much the job pays or if benefits are included. If a job offer is made the interviewer will explain salary and benefits at that time. You can always turn the job down.

Do NOT be late. The employers will assume if you can’t get to the interview on time, you can’t get to work on time.

Do NOT bring your children to the interview. Again the assumption will be if you can’t get a sitter for the interview you probably can’t get one while you work.

Do NOT talk badly about your former employers. Blaming others will not help your cause.

It’s best to say ” I’ve learned a lot from this job and now I wan to purse other career opportunities because  I have more to offer and  want to continue to learn new things”.

Do NOT answer your cell phone to talk or text once your car. All you need to be thinking about is how to impress the interviewer and others that you may encounter during the interview process.

 

Do NOT tell the interviewer you don’t have any questions. It makes you appear unprepared for the interview. Do research on the company prior to the interview so you can ask intelligent questions and let the interviewer k now you did your homework.

Do NOT monopolize the conversation , tell jokes, use slang language, or curse in the interview. EVER!

 

Do NOT give too much personal information. Keep your answrs guided toward your abilities as a prospective employee. The interviewer doesn’t need to know what sports you play, how much you party, or even how involved you are at church.

 

And Finally, Do NOT be depressed if you  don’t get the job. If you remain positive  about  yourself and others around you, you will be successful in your job search. Every time you get an interview, you’ll learn something new and you’ll get better and more comfortable each time.

 

Article by Sharon  Bateman, job coach on Job Talk Radio Show. Reprinted from Sparkman  Magazine.

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