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Whether you are a new graduate or recently unemployed, competition remains fierce in the current job market.
Things you may never guess could be eliminating you as a candidate. Are you making some major interview mistakes without even knowing it?
So you just found out that you have a job interview tomorrow and unfortunately procrastination is a weaknesses
you haven't yet conquered. Here are the down and dirty tips to pull it together at the last minute.
These five questions go beyond the obvious ones, such as the title
of the job, the job description, to whom it would be reporting, and other
such basic questions. In fact, it's unlikely you'll even need to ask those
questions, as they're usually outlined for you.
preparation and thought, you should be able to easily come up with 15 - 20
first-interview questions to ask. But these five - in some form - should
always be asked...
For many, the interview is the single most stressful part of the job search
process. Any number of things can go wrong, and a big part of being successful
is avoiding simple mistakes. The following is a list some of the most common
mistakes during an Interview.
1. Failure to research the company:
An interviewer will expect candidates to
spend time researching and reading about their company. Do your homework before
the interview; really know what the company does and who their competitors are.
If you have not taken the time to review the employer website and understand
what they are recruiting for, then you are reducing your chances of continuing
successfully through the interview process.
2. Not clear on what you’re interviewing for:
Be familiar with the job
description so you can draw on your experiences, talents, strengths and
abilities to connect with company needs. Highlight how you're suited to that
3. Not marketing yourself correctly:
Define yourself. What makes you
different from others? Know your major strengths and accomplishments as they
relate to the job you are applying for and the company.
4. Not asking meaningful questions:
Have at least 3-4 intelligent questions
to ask the recruiter. It's OK (it actually leaves a positive impression with the
recruiter) to have them written down in advance and to reference them at the
appropriate time. Interviews are an exchange of information, and not coming in
with questions shows that you did not prepare for the whole interview.
5. Under-dressing for the interview:
Professional attire and attention to
detail still count. You can never be too professional. Remember that everything
- your appearance, your tone of voice, your conduct -contributes to the
impression (positive or negative) that you make. Be presentable - wear a pressed
suit and shirt and polished shoes.