OK….so you’re prepared for all the goofy questions a prospective employer can throw at you, now let’s talk about what NOT to do during the interview process.

Avoid these Top 6 Interview Mistakes* at all cost:

1. Forgetting the Interviewers name. This is a big one! When you set up a time to interview, ask for the names of any potential interviewers and be sure to write them down! This way you can avoid any embarrassing time looking up a name you have clearly forgotten.
2. Running late. There is NO acceptable excuse for arriving late to a job interview. Remember to look up, and print if necessary, directions to the interview location the day before to guarantee quick, safe, accurate passage! That said, arriving too early can also be disruptive and show poor planning skills on your part. Arriving fifteen minutes early is a safe bet.
3. Not answering a difficult question. There are typical interview questions used by employers in many interviews, particularly for entry level opportunities. A Question like “Where do you see yourself in five years?” can be difficult to answer, but practice can lead to perfect! Blanking and not coming up with an answer shows that you are not quick on your feet and that you are not a gifted problem solver. When you are asked a question that really makes you think, take a deep breath, organize your thoughts for a few seconds and give your best answer with confidence!
4. Not offering references.  ALWAYS bring a list of at least three current, reachable, verifiable references to an interview. Include phone numbers and email addresses for each reference to facilitate a quick an easy contact process for your potential employer. Causing your potential employer to waste precious time tracking down your references could be just enough of an excuse to ice your candidacy for good!
5. Not asking questions. Interviews usually end with the interviewer asking the interviewee what questions they have about the job or the company. Asking questions is a sure-fire way to show your potential employer that you are interested in the job and knowledgeable about the company. Not asking any questions at the end of the interview is the equivalent of telling your interviewer you just don’t care how you are perceived or whether or not you get the job.
6. Using your cell phone. Vibrating phones are every bit as rude and disruptive as ringing phones! LEAVE THE PHONE IN THE CAR.

*Tips adapted from Mashable.com (2012) and “ADVANCE for Healthcare Careers” magazine (2009).


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