Avoid These Common Interview Mistakes

It’s a big accomplishment when you land an interview, but it can head south quickly if you make these common interview mistakes.

Common Interview Mistakes

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Important Ways To Prepare For An Interview

Landing an interview is an exciting thing. It’s one step closer to ending the job search and starting a new path in your career.

Prepare For An Interview

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How To Answer “What’s Your Biggest Weakness?”

 

The interview question, what’s your biggest weakness? can feel like a trap, leaving even the most prepare interviewees baffled. It’s a loaded question that many don’t know how to respond to even if you prepare before hand. This little question has a lot of power behind it and can determine whether you’re a possible new employee or a potential liability.

What's Your Biggest Weakness?

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Smart Interview Questions To Ask Employers

Interviews are a tough part of a job search. Your nerves get to you, you have to prep, you have to put your best foot forward and pitch yourself to employers. You’ve come to the end of the interview and you’ve answered endless questions about yourself and why you’d be a good fit for the role, and you’re feeling pretty good about the interview. But what’s next? The employer has one last question for you….

The biggest thing job candidates can do for themselves is prepare at least 3-5 questions for the interviewer. Be prepared for when the tables are turned and the interviewer asks “So, do you have any questions for me?” To avoid struggling through a few questions you can think of off the top of your head, here are some smart interview questions to ask the interviewer hat will impress and give you some kudos for being prepared:

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The “Tell Me About Yourself” Interview Question

Interviews can be a nerve wracking thing and there are some questions that you never know quite how to answer. Some of those dreaded interview questions include, “What is your biggest weakness?” – “What would you like to be doing in five years?” –  “Why do you think I should hire you?’ and ” Tell me about yourself.”  These are all questions you need to prep for so you have fluidity and confidence when answering.

The Tell me about yourself interview question is one of those staples that many interviewers use, so it’s best to practice before hand. While there is no “wrong” way to answer the question, interviewers are trying to get to know you professionally and get a grasp on your experience and career goals.

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Career Advice Wednesday – All About Interviewing

 

Welcome to our candidate focused weekly blog.  This week we are focused on the interview, how to prep for it and what to do afterward.

Never Assume:

Prep Work:

  • In this day and age, it’s important to prepare for oddball questions and interview curveballs.  Helpful prep tips include: sharing ideas that can be implemented right away, trading the fluff for straight-forward conversation and gaining first hand experience with a company’s product.  And while you’re at it, make sure that you prepare relevant stories of moments where you persevered.  For example, write down real-life examples that can answer the following question:  “Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead?”  [Mashable & INC] Continue reading

Interviews Can Be Tough – That’s Where the Prep Work Comes In

Even for the best of us, interviews can be nerve racking.  But we all have to do them and they happen to be the best way for you to gain insight into a company culture and the open position.  So what do you do?  Prepare.

Do Your Homework

Find out as much as you can about the company from your recruiter, news articles, press releases, annual reports, friends, LinkedIn and other social networks.

Make sure you thoroughly understand the position and how you can contribute by:

  • Reviewing your work history, including dates, responsibilities and accomplishments.
  • Identifying your strengths and areas of expertise, as well as any areas of opportunity.
  • Thinking back to challenges that you had to overcome.
  • Writing out specific examples of achievement so that you are ready to present them. Continue reading