Mistakes And Problems: Things Not To Do At An Interview

You probably know what to do at an interview. But do you know which mistakes to avoid in order to make a good impression?

Job interviews can be pretty dynamic. After all, you're in a position where you get to put your credentials in the best possible light to convince a prospective employer to hire you.

Many job interviewees understand the need to dress well, be polite, and take along a copy of their vita or resume. But some are unaware of the things they should not do to avoid being put in the "reject" pile of applicants. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Don't talk too much. Many applicants get excited or nervous about discussing a new job, and as a result, they end up dominating the discussion, much to an employer's chagrin. While it's helpful to explain or describe previous job experience, training, or skills that make you a qualified fit for the available position, it is not a good idea to go overboard in trying to impress the interviewer. Answer the questions completely and clearly in a few sentences. Then wait for the interviewer's next cue.

2. Don't act overconfident. A smug smile, confident stare, or brash tone can come across as arrogant. Many employers value an employee who is sure of himself and his skills, but they may be skeptical of one who appears to know it all without giving due credit to others who have helped him attain that level of proficiency. Someone who is too relaxed or buoyant may seem to be unreceptive to additional training. A prospective employer may wonder if someone who exhibits a superior attitude has what it takes to become a team player. Emphasize your openness to new ideas and the opportunity to learn company procedures when accepting an entry-level position.

3. Don't boast or drop names. Of course it is tempting to brag about past success or to mention people in high places with whom you're acquainted. But do so in an understated way. If you overdo the credentials bit, you may be perceived as lacking confidence or in fostering dependence on others to open employment doors for you. You might briefly allude to a credit or two on your vita and let the paper do the talking when your interviewer reviews that material.

4. Don't ask too many questions. It is a good idea to inquire about specific aspects of the job for which you are applying, but asking about unrelated company functions or focusing on quarterly profits and losses may make you appear a bit too grasping for some interviewers. Target job duties as the focus of your interview interactions. Salary and benefits queries may or may not be brought up by the employer.

5. Don't display too much creativity. A little bit of ingenuity works well in an interview situation. Perhaps you want to wear an unusual tie pin that the employer will ask about. Or you might list some interesting if unrelated experiences on your resume that will be brought up in the conversation. But don't go all out to show how wild and crazy you can be by wearing a green suit or dying your hair pink, or you might be branded as eccentric and passed over for hiring. Many employers prefer to hire conventional, stable, traditional employees. You can develop a personal niche later after settling in to your new department.

An interview is a wonderful forum for showcasing past experience and future potential. Don't jeopardize this career opportunity by taking chances with your credentials and image

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