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6 Mistakes That Blew Up Your Job Interview

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Written on 7/11/2008 by Abhijeet Mukherjee, of Jeet Blog.

Last week I talked about 5 Key Steps To Acing Your First Job Interview. But how many of us are really able to hit the bullseye in their job interviews? How many walk out with an appointment letter and a glow on their face? The answer – only a few of us.

That’s one of the main reasons we have ever increasing number of job hunters and why interview preparation is in itself a thriving business today.

It’s not always that you fail an interview due to weak academic backgrounds and inadequate skill sets. You will hear stories of people getting selected for a job in spite of not having the required educational qualification and experience. How did they do it? Simple, by presenting themselves better then the other candidates and not committing the mistakes that I am going to talk about. You committed these mistakes and that’s why you failed and the guy next door who wasn’t as experienced and educated as you, got that cherished job!

So the mantra is – Even if you were the CEO of your previous company, you should take some time out and prepare for the upcoming interview. There’s no harm in doing that and it will empower you with more knowledge and confidence for the interview.



Such an attitude can easily ruin the prospects of the best candidate out there.



You should know that it’s a very common tactic of testing the candidate’s patience where the interviewer tries to provoke him in order to check if the candidate freaks out too early. This is done to see if the candidate would be able to work in a high pressure corporate environment. Losing your patience in such situations reduces the chances of your getting selected in the interview.



Believe me, when you beg for the job, the interviewer on the other side loses all respect for you and makes sure that you are rejected. It’s a give and take relationship and the employer doesn’t pay the interviewer to hire those who haven’t prepared well and don’t respect themselves.



Portraying a negative attitude towards your previous employer can go against you because the interviewer might consider you to be wrong, not your employer.



This is the dumbest of all mistakes and the most commonly committed too. Even if you are in it for money, you shouldn’t show that. Instead talk about career and other benefits related to the job.

I hope this article helps a job seeker in getting the best out of his interview and ultimately securing the job.



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