Avoid Job Interview Poison
Your resume shines with enough voltage to light up half of Manhattan. Your cover letter is a dazzling showpiece worthy of a Pulitzer. And your social media blitz has turned you into a highly-employable superstar. Yes, you’ve got what it takes to make it in the world of work. But you also may saddled by certain drawbacks that kick you into the ‘thanks, but no thanks’ category. Interestingly enough, you may be completely unaware these are drawbacks. But no matter how harmless these negatives seem, they must be eliminated or at least minimized to prevent demolishing your job prospects with job interview poison. Here are the most common ones to be on the lookout for.
Boss Bashing. The question is inevitable: “Why do you wish to leave your present job?” If the reason stems from an ongoing battle with your present supervisor, absolutely, without question avoid boss bashing. Any smears on your current employer’s reputation or character very likely will send up dozens of red flags before the eyes of picky hiring managers. Crossing their minds will be the possibility that you’ll unleash the same storm on their personnel or company. Word to the wise: bring sunshine not a bad attitude to your interview.
Mobile Meddling. You’re about to deliver a heartfelt rundown of your infinite talents when the ‘Batman’ ringtone screams out of your mobile phone. Or worse, when the hiring manager is about to launch into an eloquent speech about your prospective employer’s illustrious history. Guess what…your phone offers an ‘off’ option. Exercise it without fail for every job interview.
Drama Heaping. Unloading the trials and tribulations of your dating life or dreary, cramped apartment won’t exactly score points with prospective employers. Sharing personal issues will do nothing but clog the interview and cloud your chances of employment. Save these for Facebook, or the soon-to-be best selling first edition of your published memoirs.
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