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
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
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
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
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