50 Worst of the Worst (& Most Common) Job Interview Mistakes

I had to share this article for any job seekers that read this Blog. This is a great list written by Karen Burns, Working Girl Blog. I strongly agree with most of it. Plainly, it comes down to leaving way for your impressive resume and winning personality to shine. Don’t let anything in your control taint the interviewer’s evaluation on your judgment and discretion.

50 Worst of the Worst (and Most Common) Job Interview Mistakes

By Karen Burns, Working Girl

You may have heard the horror stories—job hunters who take phone calls or text during an interview, or bring out a sandwich and start chomping, or brush their hair, or worse. You wouldn’t do any of those things, would you? Of course not. But there are tons of other job interview no-no’s you may not have thought of. Or that you’ve forgotten. The job hunting trail is long and arduous, and a little refresher course can’t hurt. So for your edification and enjoyment, here are 50 (yes, 50!) of the worst and most common job interview mistakes:

1. Arriving late.
2. Arriving too early.
3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
4. Bad-mouthing your last boss.
5. Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.
6. Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.
7. Forgetting the name of the person you’re interviewing with.
8. Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
9. Wearing sunglasses.
10. Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.
11. Failing to research the employer in advance.
12. Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
13. Inquiring about benefits too soon.
14. Talking about salary requirements too soon.
15. Being unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.
16. Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.
17. Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume and/or portfolio.
18. Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.
19. Asking too many questions.
20. Asking no questions at all.
21. Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.
22. Failing to listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
23. Talking more than half the time.
24. Interrupting your interviewer.
25. Neglecting to match the communication style of your interviewer.
26. Yawning.
27. Slouching.
28. Bringing along a friend, or your mother.
29. Chewing gum, tobacco, your pen, your hair.
30. Laughing, giggling, whistling, humming, lip-smacking.
31. Saying “you know,” “like,” “I guess,” and “um.”
32. Name-dropping or bragging or sounding like a know-it-all.
33. Asking to use the bathroom.
34. Being falsely or exaggeratedly modest.
35. Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.
36. Failing to make eye contact (or making continuous eye contact).
37. Taking a seat before your interviewer does.
38. Becoming angry or defensive.
39. Complaining that you were kept waiting.
40. Complaining about anything!
41. Speaking rudely to the receptionist.
42. Letting your nervousness show.
43. Over explaining why you lost your last job.
44. Being too familiar and jokey.
45. Sounding desperate.
46. Checking the time.
47. Over sharing.
48. Sounding rehearsed.
49. Leaving your cell phone on.
50. Failing to ask for the job.


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The Coming-Out Stories of Anonymous Bloggers

I am often asked why I Blog under Recruitnik. When I first started writing my Blog; I wasn’t sure what direction I would go and exactly what I wanted to do with it. I am in HR and the last thing I wanted to do was for my personal views and opinion to be directly associated with my company. They are my opinions and I own them.

It is not that I am a coward and I have nothing to say that would get me fired. It’s actually quite the opposite. If I did write something that would get me fired, it would be clear to me that my company is no longer a fit anyway. I soon discovered that colleagues were reading my Blog that had no idea it was me. They related to my posts and appreciated my voice. It showed me that we are aligned.

Someone contacted me the other day that was interested in what I had to say. I thought he reached out because he knew I was “Recruitnik.” In reality he wanted my input because of my position within my company gives me credibility in the Recruiting space. I wanted my credibility to come from my ideas, experience and track record.

It got me thinking about the whole reason I started writing in the first place. I have it posted on my Blog and have from day one. “I have been ranting & raving for years about everything recruitment & for some reason, on occasion, people listen!” I am passionate about what I do and just wanted to have a voice separate from my company. I never hid; it is easy to figure out who I am. I just didn’t want who I work for and what I do to influence people to hear me. I just wanted to connect with people leaving off the title and influence.

Anonymity and the internet are hot topics today; and I believe people have the right to a voice and also privacy if they want it. Many choose to use pen names, pseudonyms, alias, or whatever you want to call it for reason such as what I have mentioned. Others use it because it might get them more attention and still others because they wish to draw attention to issues without any predetermined ideas about who they are or their background. There is a rich history in literature, periodicals and the press of the use of pen names.

Do you recognize the name Samuel Clemons? He wrote under the pseudonym Mark Twain. BTW-he also published some work under the alias Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass.


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