7 Tips To Avoid Potential Interview Disasters
Copyright © 2005 Nathan Newberger
This http://www.WorkTree.com career article gives you some
common sense advice and tips on avoiding potential job interview
There are definitely things that you can do to avoid minor
mishaps which could ultimately blow an interview. Become
familiar with these 7 potential disasters so you can prevent
them from obstructing your path to that ideal job.
1. DON'T ARRIVE LATE
Showing up late is both rude and inconsiderate. Is this the
first impression that you want to leave with a potential
employer? Map out your route and try it out before the
interview. Plan on being at least half an hour early to your
appointment. This will provide a buffer to protect against wrong
turns, traffic jams and all the other mishaps that may befall
you. If you arrive early, you can use the time to calm your
2. DON'T SAY THE WRONG NAME
Many a nervous candidate has been known to accidentally call the
interviewer the wrong name. In order to avoid this disconcerting
faux pau, find out who you will be speaking to before the
interview. Memorize the name(s). If this information is not
available prior to the meeting, then write the persons name on
your notepad as soon as you sit down for the interview. If you
do slip-up, do not make a huge fuss. Apologize quickly (and
sincerely) and move on.
3. DON'T SAY THE WRONG THING
Choose your words carefully. Avoid impulsive answers; the first
thing that pops into your head may not be the best response.
Remember, its ok to pause if you need some time to think. Feel
free to say "thats a good question; let me take a moment to
think about it." This demonstrates that you think before you
speak. Is your everyday speech peppered with expletives or other
potentially offensive phrases? If so, take care to avoid these
during your meeting.
4. DON'T BECOME SPEECHLESS
Interviews are stressful situations for even the most qualified
candidates. This tension can lead to candidates "freezing up"
during the meeting. Alleviate some of the expected stress by
practicing mock interview questions. Have a friend conduct
simulated interviews. If possible, have him/her conduct the
interview in a variety of manners including reserved, rushed,
and disinterested. This way you will be better prepared for
whatever the interview may bring.
5. MONITOR YOUR INTERNAL SYSTEM
Nature has a funny way of acting up at the wrong moments.
Fortunately, you can help prevent these unwanted incidents. Avoid
the awkwardness of a growling stomach by eating a few hours
before the interview. Be careful in what you eat and drink in
the 24 hours prior to the interview. Do not overindulge; an
upset stomach or hangover is formidable distraction.
6. DON'T BE TOO MODEST
The interview is no place for humbleness. Too much modesty can
make you appear introverted or lacking confidence. Dont be
afraid to be your own cheerleader. Prior to the interview,
make a list of your accomplishments both personally and
professionally; practice talking about them. Have a friend
listen to your answers as you practice. This will help prevent
you from crossing the line between justifiable pride and
7. DON'T LACK ENTHUSIASM
No one wants to work with a stick in the mud. With this in mind,
how can you prevent from appearing lukewarm? Smile and maintain
eye contact. Sit forward in your chair. Avoid speaking in a
monotone. Be positive in your responses.
By preparing yourself against these potential interview disasters
you are one step closer to getting the job of your dreams.
Remember sometimes it really is the little things that make
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Nathan Newberger is the job and career expert at
http://www.WorkTree.com. Nathan has over 10 years experience in
staffing and human resources. He has worked both as a recruiter
and career counselor. Mr. Newberger has been the Managing
Editor at http://www.WorkTree.com for the past 5 years and
his articles have helped thousands of job seekers.
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