AVOID INTERVIEW PITFALLS
By Careers Expert
Monday, August 19, 2008.
Some months back, there was a discussion on this website on why people don't get employed and I was part of the contributors then. I wish I could see the thread once again. There is something that touched me and that is the fact that most people that attends Job Interviews don't know the right way to go about it.
The conclusion then is that most people are unemployable!
Dos and Don'ts of Job Interviews
Are you in the process of trying to get a new job? If you have already applied for a few jobs, there is a good chance that you may end up having an interview scheduled soon, if you don't already have one arranged.
As you likely already know, a job interview is often the deciding factor in whether or not you get hired. That is why it is important that your interviews go off without a hitch. To ensure that they do, you may want to familiarize yourself with the most common job interview dos and donts, some of which are outlined below.
One thing that you will want to do is prepare for your interview. There are too many individuals who mistakenly believe that all interviews are the same. This is actually something that you do not want to do. Yes, many interviews are similar in nature, but they are not all the same. In all honesty, it depends on the job that you are being interviewed for and the employer in question.
Instead of assuming that your job interview will be just like the last one, you are advised to expect something different, to help keep you on your toes.
Another thing that you will want to do is practice for your interview. As it was previously mentioned, many job interviews are similar in nature, despite being a little bit different. They are often similar based on some of the basic questions that are asked.
For instance, some of those questions may be centered on your professional goals, your need to succeed, and so on. No matter how prepared you are for these questions, they can be difficult to answer in the moment.
That is why you do want to prepare for your interview by doing a few practice runs, preferably with a friend or a relative.
As stated above, during the interview process, you will be asked a number of questions. These questions are what enables an employer to gain insight into you, your life, and your work habits.
When responding to questions that you are asked or even when just making conversation, it is advised that you keep everything professional in nature.
What you do not want to do is divulge too much information about your personal life. For instance, employers do not need to know how old you are or if you have any children. Also, do not badmouth any of your previous employers or bosses, as this will tend to make you look bad yourself.
When going for a job interview, it is important that you are properly dressed.
What you do not want to do is wear jeans, sweatpants, or clothing that is too revealing. To increase your chances of getting a job, you want to look professional for your job interview. This not only includes your clothing, but your appearance as well. If you need to put on makeup or get a hair cut, go ahead and do so.
When looking to hire a new employee, many employers want someone who can represent the company in a positive matter. That is why it is important that you do place at least a little bit of focus on your appearance.
Since the interview process is what is often the deciding factor in whether or not you are hired, you will want to make sure that your interview is one that is memorable, and in a good way.
To do that, you will want to keep the above mentioned job interview dos and donts in mind.
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