Friday, October 23, 2009

12 Ways to Fail a Job Interview

10. Don’t Answer Questions Directly.

This is a huge pet peeve of mine, when asked a question, answer it, don’t use it as a platform to sell yourself and go off on tangents. I’ve honestly had interviews where I had to outright interrupt the candidate because they were droning on for 5 minutes without answering the question.

11. If You Can’t Answer a Question, Fake It.

It’s absolutely fair to say that you don’t know the answer to the question but this is your opportunity to demonstrate how you could find that out or your learning process.

12. At the End of the Interview Ask No Questions.

Your interview is wrapping up this is your opportunity to leave the interviewer with a lasting impression which means when they ask “Do you have any questions of me?” You say, “Why yes I was wondering what you guys are thinking about X item.” Have a collection of questions to ask, again show that you are really interested in the job. It’s also fair to ask for feedback on how you did as well as what’s next in the interview process.

If I can impart any words of wisdom for potential job candidates it’s to do some preliminary homework before your interview. Use the Internet to your advantage you often can find all sorts of information including company culture. This can also give you some clues as to the type of clothes you should wear to the interview, also remember the Human Resources personnel would be happy to share some of this information with you as you setup the actual interview. Good luck and if you have some non tips to share yourself please do!

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