5 Job Interview No Nos

Fri, May 18, 2012


Got a job interview coming up? Consider yourself extremely lucky, especially given how tight the current job market in the U.S. and worldwide is. Here are 5 critical job interview ‘no nos’ that you should beware of:

  1. Never EVER be late for a job interview – arrive late and you’ll be off to a bad start. Ensure that you are there at least five minutes, early or at the very least dead on time.
  2. Don’t appear unprepared – do some research about the company, the industry and even the position itself. There’s a lot you can discover via a simple Google search and most potential employers tend to appreciate and prefer potential employees who at least took the time to get some information about the company.
  3. Avoid asking questions about salary, benefits and perks in an initial interview – an initial interview shouldn’t be about what the company can do for you, but more about what you can do for the company. You should be focusing on selling yourself and why the company should hire you, and can’t live without you.
  4. Don’t look too far ahead at future roles – a job interview is not the time or place to ask about advancement opportunities or how to become the CEO or how quickly you’ll be able to move up the ladder (unless the interviewer raises the issue). Focus on the job at hand, the one that you’re being interviewed for.
  5. Don’t lie - exaggerate about your job experience or fib about a firing is a surefire way for you to NOT get hired. Potential employers are likely to do some research on you, and if they find out you’ve lied you certainly won’t get the job. Even if you do get through the interview process with the exaggerations about your experience and abilities, chances are you won’t be equipped to handle the job you were hired to do, and as sure as night becomes day you will be end up standing on shaky ground and likely to end up being fired.

Good luck!

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