7 Ways to Ruin a Job Interview

Even if we have the experience, qualifications and aptitudes for the job, some errors in the interview may quickly put us out of the race.

Friday, January 8, 2010

In her article in Bnet.com, Adriana Gardella lists 7 common - and fatal - mistakes made at job interviews.

1. Drop your guard in front of “the help.” Employers know that job seekers interact with receptionists and other support staffers — often with their guards down, so they routinely ask these employees for feedback.

2. Over share Certain topics are off-limits — or should be. These include descriptions of your medical conditions and information about your sick parents or childcare woes.

3. Assume your resume speaks for itself. Your resume may have helped you get the interview, but it won’t get you hired.

4. Show the interviewer how important you are. When an employer has taken the time to meet with you, your undivided attention is a must.

5. Talk the employer out of hiring you. “Always close strong, and get the job. You can reject it later.”

6. Stalk your recruiter. There’s a fine line between enthusiastic and desperate, and you don’t want to cross it.

7. Treat social media communications casually. Whether you’re using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or instant or text messaging, you still have to be professional in every communication related to your job search.

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