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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 1, 2016
As anyone who has been in a job search for
a while knows, being invited to a job interview
is not something easily achieved. Becoming one
of the few "job candidates" rather than being
part of the usually gigantic crowd of "job appli-
cants" is a major victory.
Unfortunately, too many job candidates blow their
interview opportunities, wasting all that time and
effort. Don t be one of those candidates.
Don t Do These:
3 Worst Job Interview Mistakes
What you do during a job interview is viewed as
a "sample" of your work.
Everything you do is being judged because they
don t know you (unless you are one of the lucky
They are trying to figure out:
• Is your work product high quality as demon-
strated by the job interview?
• Would you be someone good to work with?
• Would you fit in?
Show them you would be a great hire. Don t make
Mistake #1: Appearing uninterested.
This drives employers crazy. Most employers have
more applicants than they need or want. If you aren t
demonstrably interested in them, they certainly aren t
interested in hiring you.
Instead: Demonstrate your interest in the company
and the job. Show up on time, appropriately dressed.
Turn off your cell phone. Ask intelligent questions
that indicate you have done some research, but don t
ask a question that could be answered in 30 seconds
with a Google search or a peek at their website s
Mistake #2: Being unprepared.
Obvious lack of preparation is an opportunity
crusher. And, lack of preparation usually becomes
Instead: Be prepared! Preparation will help you
demonstrate your interest in them and the job. You
will also perform better in the interview when you
Successful preparation has several elements:
Analyze the job description and your match
Write out their requirements and how you meet
those requirements. Then, determine your accom-
plishments that align with those requirements, and
write them down to help you remember them.
Know your answers to the standard job inter-
In particular, be ready for the "What do you know
about us" and "Why do you want to work here"
questions, related specifically to this employer and
Research the employer.
Yes, check out the website, as thoroughly as you
can. What do they do? Do they state a "mission"?
How are they organized? Where are they located?
Are they part of a larger organization? If they have
subsidiaries, what do their subsidiaries do?
Note the names of their products and/or services
and get familiar with what each does (unless they
have tens or more).
Who are the officers named on the website? Where
are they located? Do you share any common back-
ground with any of them (hometown, school, service,
volunteer work, etc.)
Research the interviewers.
Hopefully you know the names of the interviewers,
so check out their LinkedIn Profiles. Do you have
anything in common with any of them (as above,
hometown, school, etc.). Do you notice anything else
about them, from the same college degrees or the
same military service to similar smiling (or
Know (and implement) the logistics
for getting to the interview on time.
If possible, do a test run at the approx-
imate time you are supposed to be there,
and plan your departure and arrival for the
interview accordingly, getting comfortable
with the drive or ride, tolls or fees, parking
options, etc. Being late for an interview is
DEADLY. If you arrive too early, find an
unobtrusive place to hang out until you can
Mistake #3: Being angry.
Angry people are not people employers
want to hire. Angry people are not fun to
work with. They may frighten co-workers
and/or customers or clients. They may
also abuse both people and equipment
(computers, cars, etc.). Not good contrib-
utors to a happy workplace or a prosperous
business, even if they don t "go postal."
Instead: If you are angry over a job loss,
horrible commute to the interview, earlier
fight with your kids or spouse, or anything
else, dump the anger before the interview,
at least temporarily.
Stop, before you enter the employer s
premises, take a few deep breaths, put a
smile on your face, and do your best to
switch gears mentally so you are not "in
a bad place" in your mind.
Dr. Amy Cuddy s "power poses" done
in private for a couple of minutes before
you leave for the interview or after you
have arrived (corner of the parking garage
or stall in the restroom), but before the
They lift the darkest moods and increase
confidence -- both can improve your inter-
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