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10 Deal-Breaking Behaviors In An Interview
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It happens to everyone. When nerves begin to get the best of us, we overcompensate by being extremely conscious of our actions. Sometimes this leads to people to become unaware of presenting normal behavior.

Take for instance someone who wants to sound friendly and casual in an interview. The interviewer might make a light-hearted joke that the interviewee laughs hard to, perhaps a little too hard. 

The interviewer might take this as a forced laugh even when the interviewee means well. It's understandably hard for people to really be themselves in a situation where they are trying to impress a complete stranger.

Here are some common things that people might not be aware of in an interview that could be costing them the job:

1) Arriving late. This needs no explanation and has no excuse for. If you're not on time for your interview you can consider yourself disqualified.This is the easiest way to mar your first impression.

2) Forgetting materials. Even if they didn't ask you to bring copies of your resume or a notepad these are a given.

3) Seeming uninterested. There's a difference between calm and unenthusiastic. If your attitude doesn't make a distinction between the two in the interview, the interviewer is going to assume you'd have other things you'd rather be doing. All it takes is simply smiling.

4) Bad attitude. You're always told to leave your issues at the door and this especially applies in a professional setting because it shows that you can balance different aspects of your life accordingly. If you show up to the interview with even a hint of bitterness, they'll move on to someone more approachable. Remember that your problems are not theirs.

5) Disrespecting the receptionist. Receptionists are always expected to be friendly and inviting, however, they probably won't be concerned with impressing you. Employers will usually ask their receptionists what they thought of you so you'll want to make a good impression on every person you meet in the office whether they gave you a warm welcome or not.

6) Saying that you don't have weaknesses. This claim is sure to get the interviewer down. Not only is that false, but that kind of response shows that you expect them to believe you. Always give the interviewer a realistic answer to avoid sounding fake. It will be obvious that you either lack insight or are trying too hard.

7) Being unable to provide specifics. Being vague in an interview will cause it to be boring and disappointing. Interviewers want examples of your work performance and to know that you pay attention to details.

8) Answering your cell phone. There is nothing more inappropriate than to not only have your cell phone go of in an interview but to answer it as well. Turn your phone off or keep it on silent and keep it out of sight. You might not think of it as a big deal, but interviewers will take checking your cell phone for being bored and won't hesitate to the cut the interview short.

9) Making stuff up. Making false statements can get you carried away and caught up. There's nothing more awkward than to be caught telling a lie during an interview. Think about if you had somehow mentioned working somewhere you hadn't and it just so happend that the interviewer had. This is a hole you don't want to dig yourself into.

10) TMI. Sharing too much unrelated work information with the interviewer should always be avoided. Things like gossip, bad-mouthing previous employers, or personal information isn't professional. You can be casual and keep boundaries at the same time.

How to Make Your Body Language Say the Right Things
Friday, May 11, 2012

You can easily say a mouthful without uttering a single sound. Actions speak lounder than words so the message your body language sends comes out crystal clear.

People sometimes aren't aware of their movements and don't realize that the interviewer is taking it all in and processing it.

Answering interview questions can be tough enough to manage. Having your body language well-composed can help you in making sure that you make a good overall impression on the interviewer.

Here are some tips on how to make your body language worth a thousand bucks.

1) Attitude

Going in the interview with a good attitude will put you in the appropriate mind set that will translate in your body movements. It's easy to tell when people in a good mood through their stance, the way they hold their head, and posture. Your positivity will also evoke your confidence.

2) Smile

This one is kind of a given. In fact, you're more than likely to see people over doing it in an interview. Then again, depending on the situation, some might get the impression that they need to remain serious. Even in these instances, you want to show that you're also friendly and approachable.

3) Greeting

A hand shake is the quickest way the interviewer establishes a rapport. A successful handshake can get the connection between you and the interviewer off on the right foot.

4) Voice

Make yourself a known presence. Nerves can often get the best of people and it becomes apparent in their voices. Either they are inaudible or they start to sound like mice. Having control of your voice is important to having clear and effective communication.

5) Eye Contact

This is another thing that nerves can hinder. But it's extremely important to have eye contact in an interview to show that you are attentively listening. Interviewers want to have a conversation with you, not at you. Be responsive by nodding to show that you're engaged in what they're saying to you.

6) Posture

Leaning forward shows that you're interested. When you lean back, you can almost seem to bored.  At the same time, keep a comfortable distance. Sitting up with an attentive posture is good professionalism.

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A stiff face can reflect a stiff personality. Raising your eyebrows adds a little animation to your demeanor. It's another way to show that you're actively engaged.

8) Arms

Refrain from crossing your arms as it can seems little defensive and resistant. It's not a sign that you're open and relaxed. Keep your posture open and comfortable to maintaint that approachable appeal.

9) Hands

Using your hands while talking is similar to raising your eyebrows. The movement and animation in your body language shows enthusiasm in what's going on. Again, a rigidity is hard to approach.

10) Attire

Your choice in attire for the interview is another example of your body language. It's a visual respresentation of your tastes and the image you want others to perceive. The clothes worn in an interview are usually not what most people would wear in any other circumstance. Nonetheless, people still know the appropriate attier and and will dress according to the occasion. To work in professional setting, you've got to look the part first.

The Type of Interview Questions You're Supposed to Ask
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Interviewers will always ask at the end of an interview if you have any questions. They want to know what your thought process was during the process.

Usually, if the interviewee's questions can extend into a substantial conversation, it increases the chances of getting hired. The longer you two talk, the more the interviewer will remember you and that's exactly what you want.

It's hard to engage in a good conversation with a weak question. Most of the time it's better not to ask questions that aren't worth it as it will seem like you're forcing it. Interviewers can tell when you are and don't appreciate have their time wasted.

Your questions to pertain to what working at the company would be like. The types of questions you ask will show the interviewer whether you are really serious about working there. Questions like these...

1) How would you describe a typical day or week of in this position?

This is a good starting question to get more details for visualizing what working for them would really be like. It shows that you're thinking beyond the summarized job desciption and want to get a deeper understanding of what being in that position would entail.

2) What types of challenges does a person in this position encounter?

Realistic people know that it's not always going to be a walk in the park, especially not in the beginning. By getting an early sense of what's to come, you give yourself an advantage. The interviewer will see that you expect to face challenges and are willing to take them on.

3) How do you measure success for this postion?

This questions lets the interviewer know that you want to do well in this position. Asking what your expectations are shows that you're thinking ahead and that you intend to be a good hiring choice. Interviewers like this because it shows initiative and careful thought.

4) What is your managing style like?

Managers want to hire an employee who will be compatible with the company just as much as you want to work under a manager you won't clash with. This question clarifies each person's work style and personalities so that you both can get an idea of what working together may be like.

5) Is there anything else about me you might be unsure of and want to ask?

Allowing the interviewer a chance to be honest about any reservations he or she might have and you have a chance to address them. This eliminates any chance of walking out of the interview with doubts about your impression. Opening up communication like this lets you and the interviewerw feel comfortable around one another making it easier for him or her to consider you for hiring.

6) How would you describe the work culture here?

You want to know who thrives and who doesn't. Learning about the types of people who succeed in the company gives you and the interviewer a better judgment of whether you will be able to, too. Each company operates in its own particular way, learning how your work style will fit into that is crucial to you and the rest of the employees.

7) When you think about the person who did best in this position, how did you see this in his or her performance?

Any hiring manager can appreciate when a candidate shows that they want to not only meet expectation but exceed them as well. Learning about what the best person was able to do shows that them you want to be better.

8) What is the time frame that you get back to candidates for the next steps?

You always want to end the interview with this question. It shows that this interview is important to you and that you sincerely care whether you hear back. Plus, if you don't, at least you won't be left hanging.

7 Things Interviewers First Notice
Thursday, May 03, 2012

You'll definitely want to check your breath, but it isn't one of the first thing an interviewer is going to take note on when you walk in. Interviewers are looking for certain things from you to mark off on their mental checklists. Take a look at some of the things that, along with your breath, you should prep for to make the best first impression.

1) Time
As soon as an interview is notified of your arrival, they're going to be looking at the time you came in. If you're at all late, by one minute or ten, you've just earned your first strike. Arrive too early and you put the interviewer in an awkward position. If they're in the middle of something, they may feel rushed to greet you.

Stick to getting there no earlier than five to ten minutes as it bests shows punctuality and good time management. If you're unfamiliar with the area of the interview location, make a visit beforehand so you know the best route and the amount of time it takes to get there.

2) Appearance
When taking into account whether you  presented yourself appropriately they're looking beyond clothing. They'll be checking to see if you're well-groomed and clean. Make sure that what you wear is right for the company, some places won't require you to wear a business suit.

If you're still scratching your head, ask the person who set up the interview with you or even the receptionist what the proper attire is. Also keep in mind things like nail polish color, accessories, and body jewelry. Think about what you would  expect someone at that company to be wearing and try to emulate that.

3) Body Language
You may not be saying anything but your body could be giving you away. Being aware of your mannerisms is very important. Hiring managers are good at picking up on the unsaid. If you're fidgety, slouching ,or being too stiff, you could be coming off as uncomfortable and not a good fit for the company.

Professionals who have to sit through regular meetings wouldn't be caught tapping their feet or swiveling around in their chairs. Doing that in your interview won't do you any good either. Quick tip in Listening 101: Make sure to have eye contact, just remember to unlock your gaze every now and then so as not to be too intense.

4) Speech
Your ability to communicate well is a huge deal to interviewers. They want to bring people aboard who they can bounce ideas off of and work on projects with. Teamwork relies on good communication. Mumbling, using slang, or saying "um" after every word is hard enough to listen to let along try to work along side of.

Take your time with your answers and make sure that you're clear, audible, and making sense. Get a feel for the interviewer's communication style--mellow, energetic, etc.-- and get as close to it as possible to make it easier for them to understand you.

5) Preparation
A huge mistake is to forget to bring something that was required of you. Bringing a copy of your resume is a common request from hiring managers but you should do this anyway along with any other work-related documents. Things like a portfolio, cover letter, pen and notepad are good things to bring with you.

Sort of like being prepared with the necessary materials for class, you want to bring anything with a slight chance you may need it. If you've done your homework on the company then it will reflect in your preparedness. Most companies will expect you to know some of their background and history.

6) Qualifications
Nothing can make up for the lack of qualifications for a position. Resumes and cover letters are just introductions, like the impression before the first impresion. The interview is your chance to prove yourself.

Stay focused on tying together your past experiences and accomplishments with the new positions. You want the interviewer to feel like you were born for this job and it's up to you to convince them of that.