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Pitfalls to avoid in an interview:
1. Not knowing anything about the company that you are interviewing with. You could be asked "Why did you apply for this position"? You have to know if your skills and education fit into what they are looking for or and be able to explain why you choose this job and how you can be a benefit to the company. By impressing the interviewer with your knowledge you will have a great advantage over others. you can locate information from recent articles about this company, annual reports, back issues of the industry's trade magazines and ask for a recruitment package from Human Resources.
2. Don't go on an interview without your letters of recommendations and list of references from teachers, past employers, any other individual who know your work habits and can speak highly of you. On the reference page have phone #'s and addresses of the people that will give you good references. Also make sure you ask these people if it is ok to put their name down.
3. Many times on first time interviews candidates are eliminated just for wearing the wrong or inappropriate clothing. Just be sure that you can put together an appropriate outfit; no jeans,(unless otherwise stated), no flip flop shoes, make sure your clothing is clean and shoes are not full of dirt. For women watch the amount of make-up, jewelry, and perfume. All of these items can detract from your image as a professional. Neat and clean is usually my motto!
4. Don't be late: Use some extra time to prepare for you drive and don't underestimate how long it will take.30 minutes to spare is always good. Better to be a little early than late.
5. Preparation for questions is very important. By developing solid answers to questions that are likely to be asked, you will probably be in a better position to answer questions that you hadn't anticipated. After taking a look at your resume and ask yourself "What question would you ask"?. Be able to expound on your job skills, and have the ability to answer question about your work history, education, academic achievements and some times personal interests. Expound on your thoughts about how your skill and education would work well in this job. Use job interviewing books to help you with the questions that interviewer might ask. The more you are prepared the better your answer will be. Also be prepared to ask maybe 2-3 questions when they ask you if you have any questions, such as: What is the next position that this job typically leads to? If you read any of the articles about this company this is the time to ask a question. If they offer you the position it is reasonable to ask for 24 to 48 hours to digest all the detail. Save questions about salary and benefits for later after you have received the offer. Also, displaying nervousness, or shyness or shaking you foot, or any other nervous tic or displays can cause you the job. Just listen for the first few minutes of the interview and try to relax while they are talking to you. If you have practiced your responses you should be more comfortable.
6. Some questions can be extremely unfair to ask, and the appropriate answer would be "I need to think about it." or some other question you can answer That's certainly a possibility."
7. Illegal question probe into your private lie or personal background. Discriminating questions are forbidden by Federal law such as: sex, age, race, national origin, or religion. to get around this question you can always say "I'm not quite sure I understand what you're getting at. Would you please explain to me how this issue is relevant to the position?" "I am very interested in developing my Career. "Travel is not a problem to me." Avoid reacting in a hostile way, remember you can always decide later to decline the job offer. this is an excellent way to end the conversation : "I make it a point not to mix my personal beliefs with my work, if that's what you mean. I assure you that I value my career too much for that.
I know you will do very well in the interview if you follow the points that I suggested. You will definitely show more confidence if you research and practice some of the questions listed for interviewing. Have someone you trust listen to you answering the questions. Good luck on you job hunt!!
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