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How to Interview for a Job

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Test - How Well Do You Get Interviewed?

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Do You Know Why You Didn't Get the Interview?

© Copyright Sheri Mazurek

A recent article in Wall Street Journal discussed eight blunders made by job seekers. The list included:

  1. Entitlement syndrome- asking for things such as free lunch at the conclusion of the interview
  2. Behaving rudely- examples included bringing a child to the interview or opening a sandwich during the interview
  3. Acting arrogantly-accepting a call during the interview
  4. Lies, lies, lies- a candidate falsely claimed a referral from a company employee
  5. Dressing down- wearing jeans or attire that doesn’t fit to an interview
  6. Over sharing- sharing personal information
  7. Saying thanks with gifts- sending gifts instead of a simple note to thank the interviewer
  8. Sporting a mom-and-dad complex- having mom or dad contact the interviewer

For those you who recruit regularly, you are can probably relate to this list and can most likely share your own horror stories of things candidates have done in the interview process. My list of recruiting blunders seems to be a little more common than the WSJ list, but still equally as damaging and many applicants seem to be oblivious to the fact that they ruin their chances of being hired.

  1. Sending in a resume with the changes marked (track changes function in word still showing)
  2. Not completing the application
  3. Submitting an application full of grammatical, spelling or typographical errors
  4. Not following the application directions
  5. Lies or fabrications on the resume or application (although these will be found in the background checks, many candidates seem to forget their own lies and admit the falsehoods in the interview or show the inconsistencies between the resume and the application)
  6. Arriving late to the interview without an explanation or apology
  7. Knowing absolutely nothing about the company or the position

Additional Perspectives on Interviewing for a Job

There is an extensive amount of information on the Internet about interviewing for a job.
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Social Networking (Online)
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6 Signs Your Job Interview Went Well
Getting a New Boss? Interview Again for Your Job
Why Do I Have to Interview For an Internal Promotion?
How to Handle Rejection
The 6 Crappiest Interview Questions - The Oatmeal
Company Reorganization: How to Stay Employed
A Panel Interview: Create a Great Impression

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