10 Worst of the Worst Job Interview Mistakes

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  1. BlipGuy

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    Have you ever have horror stories when it comes to job interviews? Do you even know why did it happen? This recent article on Yahoo enumerates the Top 50 mistakes made on a job interview.

    1. Arriving late.
    2. Arriving too early.
    3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
    4. Bad-mouthing your last boss.
    5. Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.
    6. Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.
    7. Forgetting the name of the person you're interviewing with.
    8. Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
    9. Wearing sunglasses.
    10. Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.

    More here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/50-Worst-of-the-Worst-and-usnews-3658564314.html?x=0
     
  2. Fergal

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    Interesting list, I saw the owner of a large Irish hosting company tweeting today, to the effect that he had some people scheduled for interviews who didn't show up at all. If they are not going to turn up they should at least have the decency to inform the interviewer beforehand.
     
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    Chewing gum should be on the list. I almost forgot that because of nervousness I almost forgot that I still have my gum on my mouth. Good thing my friend reminded me to throw it away.
     
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    Nice suggestions, i will keep in mind those suggestions when i go for the interview next time. Good suggestions.
     
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    Review and reflect on the information in your resume. This is essential for effective preparation. You must be able to answer any questions that your resume might raise.
    Be able to give concise, yet complete and accurate responses. The interview is a discussion process. Be prepared to discuss, not just "answer."

    Know Yourself

    Know your abilities and the skill areas you have developed through course work and experiences (paid or volunteer). Self-assessment that examines your skills and abilities, interests, values, career goals, strengths and weaknesses is essential. If done properly, your assessment will prepare you to discuss the aspects of your background that qualify you for a specific position. Speak with a counselor to determine the best career assessment(s) to take to clarify your interests and skills and how those may match certain positions.
    Know your strengths and weaknesses. Rather than attempting to bluff or fake information concerning a weak subject, whenever possible, make a transition from a "weakness" to a strength or discuss how you are working on strengthening a particular weakness.
    Be able to articulate your career goals—both long and short-term. It is most important to be able to project a sense of "career direction." You may not be able to outline the next ten years of your life or predict where you will be in five years, but you should be prepared to state what you want to do professionally and show that you know of some possible career paths that you can take. This requires doing your homework—self-assessment and career research—prior to the interview. If you have difficulty in articulating career goals, the Career Center suggests that you utilize one of our assessment options. Graduate school may be part of your life’s plan, but unless you have applied, been accepted and intend to go in the near future, it is not something that needs to be shared in a job interview.
    Employers often ask questions regarding past performance and experience, so be familiar with your work experiences. Be prepared to describe your duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments, e.g., managing a $25,000 budget as a treasurer of an organization or planning a seminar that brought well-known speakers to campus. Discuss how your work has initiated results; e.g., chairing a fund-raising event that netted $5,000 or presenting a seminar that was attended by more than 300 students.
    Mention the coursework and class projects you have had that are applicable to the job for which you are interviewing. You may wish to bring a copy of your transcripts or a listing of relevant courses to the interview if courses are not discussed in your resume.
     
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    People encountering job interviews should be relaxed and look presentable in front of the interviewer. There are rules for the interview and you should follow it to prevent problems coming in your way.
     
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    Nice Tips, surely goona help freshers.
    I think there is also one more thing which remaining to discuss that is,
    Lack of confidence and over Confidence.
    Because of lack of confidence or nervousness applier can be rejected and because of Over confidence also.
     
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    I agree to those things, you should keep those things in mind whenever you go for interview next time. Espeically the first two ones. punctuality is very important in life, and even more so when going for Interviews. And be dressed up for the ocassion.
     
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    These are examples are worst senario but it is true. Most of the time this is actually happening for a job interview. To be included on the top of the list, these things are need to be taken out during your interview. If you don't want to end up nothing you have to exclude these list.
     
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    here are a few more things that you would not like to do in an interview:

    1. Don't Prepare

    2. Dress Inappropriately

    3. Poor Communication Skills

    4. Too Much Communication.

    5. Talk Too Much

    6. Don't Talk Enough

    7. Fuzzy Facts

    8. Give the Wrong Answer

    9. Badmouthing Past Employers

    10. Forget to Follow Up
     
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    Here's a few more mistakes then:

    1) Failure to do any research on the company before hand

    2) Frequent use of improper body language

    3) Sounding too negative

    4) Not asking enough questions

    5) Taking too much about what the company can do for you instead of what you can do for the company
     
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    wow, thanks for the lists ... it really helps especially those who are still seeking jobs for their upcoming interview ..

    it also help me during my interview .. :)
     
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    1. Failing to research the employer in advance.
    2. Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
    3. Inquiring about benefits too soon.
    4. Talking about salary requirements too soon.
    5. Being unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.
    6. Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.
    7. Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume and/or portfolio.
    8. Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.
    9. Asking too many questions.
    10. Asking no questions at all.
    11. Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.
    12. Failing to listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
    13. Talking more than half the time.
    14. Interrupting your interviewer.
    15. Neglecting to match the communication style of your interviewer
     
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    That's very basic to know before going for interview. Or saying the basic respect is always needed when go for interview.
     
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    Oh and don't chew gum.
     
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    Complaining about anything!

    Speaking rudely to the receptionist.

    Letting your nervousness show.

    Overexplaining why you lost your last job.

    Being too familiar and jokey.

    Sounding desperate.

    Checking the time.
    . Oversharing.

    Sounding rehearsed.
    Leaving your cell phone on.

    Failing to ask for the job.
     
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    1. No research on employer
    2. No enthusiasm
    3. Early enquiry of benefits.
    4. Salary discussions too soon.
    5. Inability to explain correlation of personal strengths with job profile.
     
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    1. Going Unprepared for the interview
    2. Not much interested in the job.
    3. Asking too many questions.
    4. Expecting too much of salary. .
     
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    I saw several of these in my group interview the other day. What happened to classy people?
     
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    Not researching about the company, forgetting resume, talking about salary growth, asking too many questions or no questions at all, and interrupting the interviewer.
     

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