Posted by : Amanda Stein Friday, September 21, 2012




What mistakes should you avoid while on a job interview? That's something many people worry about, because all it takes is one mistake to cost you the chance at the job. You don't want to say the wrong thing, but you may not know what is considered to be the wrong thing. So follow these tips on ways to avoid responding to questions during a job interview:
    • If asked why a job interests you, do not respond by providing ways the job might benefit you. Avoid giving an explanation of what the job can do for you. Be sure to explain what about the job excites you and what skills and experience you have to bring to the table. Highlight what you can bring to the position that might benefit the employer.
    • Avoid badmouthing a former employer. You never know if the person interviewing you may know a former employer of yours or someone at a company you used to work for. You also do not want your potential employer to think you will later go about gossiping about or saying negative things about them.
    • If you are asked about your weaknesses during a job interview, be prepared to respond to this question. Do not respond by saying you do not have any weaknesses. Every person has weaknesses. Sometimes a weakness may also be viewed as a strength.
    • If you are asked what your salary expectations are for a job, do not give too broad a salary range. If you do, you may end up with an offer at the lower end of what you asked. If asked this question, you may want to respond by first asking what the employer is looking to offer for the position.
Be sure to prepare for your job interview. Research the company for which you are interviewing for a job. Dress professionally and appropriately for the interview. If you are interviewing for a summer job, for instance, wear something casual and look presentable. If you are interviewing for a corporate or other professional position, be sure to wear a suit. Bring copies of your resume to the interview. Even if you sent your resume to the potential employer, be sure to bring one or more copies along with you.
While it is important to know how to respond to questions on a job interview, it is also important to know how not to respond to questions on an interview. Follow these tips for success on your next interview. And don't forget to follow up after the interview. Be sure to send a thank you note reiterating your interest in the job.

Kathy Kara writes on career topics for a variety of sites, including MeredithHaberfeld.com.

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