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Three Common Deadly Mistakes Made In Interviews

By Carole Martin

Since no two interviews are alike, it is difficult to be

prepared for what lies ahead, but you can focus on your

presentation skills, which may be even more important than what

you have to say. Three areas of performance, which should be

considered dangerous and deadly, are worth spending some time

thinking about before your next interview.

1. Poor non-verbal communication image

It's about demonstrating confidence.

Stand straight, and make good eye contact. (Note the color of

the interviewer's eyes.)

Connect with a good, firm handshake. (There's nothing like a

limp response in a handshake.)

Sit erect and lean forward in the chair, appearing interested

and attentive. (Slumping denotes a lazy attitude.)

That first impression can be a great beginning, or a quick

ending to your interview.

2. Poor verbal communication skills

Your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or

indirectly.

Good communication skills include listening and letting the

person know you heard what they said.

Observe your interviewer's style and pace and match that style,

adjusting your style and pace to match.

Use appropriate language. (Beware of using slang words or

references to age, race, religion, politics, or sexual

preferences - these topics could get the door slammed very

quickly.)

Telling the interviewer more than they need to know could be a

fatal mistake. (Too much information - particularly personal

information - could get into some areas that are best not

discussed in an interview.)

3. Not asking questions

It is extremely important to ask questions.

When asked, "Do you have any questions?" if you answer "No," it

is the WRONG answer!

Asking questions gives you the opportunity to show your

interest. (The best questions come from listening to what is

said and asked during the interview. Ask for additional

information.)

Asking questions gives you the opportunity to find out if this

is the right place for you. (Your chance to find out what goes

on in the company.)

The job market is very competitive and the competition is

fierce. Give yourself every advantage by preparing and

practicing before the interview. Be aware of your verbal and

non-verbal performance and the messages you are sending. It

could make the difference between a job offer or not.

About The Author

Carole Martin is the original interview coach for

Monster.com and one of the most celebrated interview experts in

America. Reserve your seat at her 2-day job interview bootcamp

coming up December 8-9, and receive access to her 30 most

frequently asked questions about job interviews completely FREE: http://www.interviewcoach.com/bootcamp


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