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This article is part of the Wings to Success series designed to help you succeed during a Job interview.
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Mistakes To Avoid At A Job Interview
When you are going on a job interview, you will want to avoid mistakes that may cost you the job. Job interviews are very coveted at this point in time because the economy is so bad. Jobs are challenging to get, as are job interviews, so when you get one, you want to avoid any mistakes that you can make that might blow the job for you.
Avoid the following mistakes when you go to a job interview:
Being negative about past job experiences
Being negative about a previous job is probably one of a prospective employee’s biggest mistakes. Never be negative about past job experiences. No matter the circumstances of your last job, try to turn it into a positive. Look for what you learned in that job, and do not make any negative comments about your past jobs or past bosses.
Being unprepared for questions
The purpose of the job interview is for the employer to find out what you know about the job and ask you questions. If you are unprepared for questions and stumble around when you are asked questions, you may end up blundering the job interview. Be prepared to answer questions about the type of job you will perform.
Forgetting your manners
Stand up when you meet your prospective boss and offer your hand in a handshake(If Covid protocols permit). Look the other person in the eye when you greet them and tell them your name. When you leave, stand up and shake hands again(if protocols permit) and tell them that it was a pleasure meeting them. Forgetting your manners will end up costing you the job interview. Be polite and look someone in the eye when they are talking to you. Do not slouch in your seat and sit up straight.
If you are a man, you should wear a suit (or at least a shirt & tie) to a job interview. A suit dress or a skirt and blouse are fine if you are a woman, although a suit is better. You should dress up with heels and stockings if you are a woman and dress shoes with dark socks for a man. Never wear too much makeup if you are a woman, and easy on the perfume or cologne, too. You want to look professional, not like you are going to a nightclub.
Pretending to understand what you do not know
If the prospective employer asks you a question that you do not know, admit it. Everyone may fudge a little on their resume and even in the interview. Still, if you are totally lost in the question and do not know the answer, you are better off to admit that you do not know the answer than try to fudge your way through an apparent lying answer. The question may be a trap, too.
Avoid these common blunders when you are going on a job interview to ace the interview and get the job.
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