What to Avoid Doing In an Interview
Don’t be negative
The most common "worst" thing I see on a fairly regular basis is when a candidate goes on and on about how bad his/her current employer is and how horrible it is at XYZ Corporation and how he/she just cannot wait to get out of there etc.
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Dress appropriately
First impressions are everything and you want to be sure to represent yourself well!
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Dress appropriately
It is not about being a "cookie-cutter" employee, but it is about showing a level of professionalism and respect for both yourself and the individuals who have taken the time to speak with you about their company and the opportunities therein.
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Be friendly, but professional
It is important to have a good rapport with the interviewer but make sure you treat the interview like an interview. You will not want to come across as somebody that is having a dialogue with a friend.
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Talk about yourself, but know where to draw the line
[O]ne of the worst experiences I have had was when a woman I was interviewing decided to go into graphic details about a personal health situation she was having. It was incredibly uncomfortable and when I acknowledged that I was sorry she had that experience and tried to move the interview forward, she launched into more and more graphic details about her situation.
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Avoid saying "um" too often
Being prepared will help you from pausing too frequently and saying "Um" too much.
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Talk about yourself energetically, but be humble
[E]ven though an interview is your time to brag about yourself a bit, you also should be humble and clearly able to answer the questions of the interviewer and articulate specifics.
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Turn off your cell phone
It bothers me when a candidate has their cell phone going off during an interview, and I remember even once, was asked if I minded if they took the call.
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