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Interview Tips and Mistakes

Your resume was impressive enough to push you to the interview phase for a possible new position. Now it’s up to you to perform in person. No pressure. Actually, pressure is a very real part of the job interview. It’s how you channel that pressure that will determine your chances of landing the job.

One great way of overcoming stress in the interview is through preparation. Before sitting down with a hiring manager, here’s how you should prepare:

  • Research your prospective company. If you’re applying for a marketing position, knowing which recent campaigns a company has launched can position you well for the question, “What do you know about our company and what we’re trying to achieve here?”
  • Write down interview questions you may be asked. You can find some general ones through simple online searches. Practice answering them, and then practice answering them again. Practice in front of the mirror, in front of family members and in front of a video camera. Watch yourself and incorporate any feedback from your audience members to strengthen your execution.

Critical Mistakes

According to a Harris Interactive poll, hiring managers and recruiters identified answering a call or text as one of the most critical job interview mistakes a candidate can make. To avoid this gaffe, consider leaving your phone in the car.

Another common mistake made by interviewees is appearing uninterested and failing to make eye contact. Look your interviewer in the eye and sell yourself. If you don’t, no one else will.

Disparaging Your Old Boss

Nothing says “pot-stirrer” like someone going on and on about the incompetence of a prior boss. This can leave your interviewer feeling uneasy about trusting you to make positive relationships with new bosses.

Even if you’re feeling a little less than thrilled with former employers, it is important to keep your feelings suppressed in a job interview setting.

Doing so will make you appear professional and mature, as opposed to bitter and problematic — two characteristics that no employer wants in their employees.

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