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Preparing for an interview

Posted by | 2014-02-10 | Interview Tips

Top ten most common mistakes made at a job interview:

  1. Failing to ask for the job
  2. Failing to set yourself apart from other candidates
  3. “Winging” the interview
  4. Trying to be all things to all people
  5. Concentrating too much on what you want
  6. Inadequate research about a potential employer
  7. Not showing enough interest or enthusiasm
  8. Lacking humor, warmth or personality
  9. Over explaining why you lost your last job
  10. Conveying that you’re not over it.

Most common tips about interviewing:

  1. Be ready to briefly describe your experience
  2. Review your qualifications for the job
  3. Have a specific job in mind
  4. Learn about the organisation

5 Questions most likely to be asked:

  1. Tell me about yourself
  2. Why did you leave your last job
  3. What do you know about the company
  4. Why do you want to work for us
  5. Tell me about your experience at …….

 

Common nonverbal mistakes made at a job interview:

  1. 21% – playing with hair
  2. 47% – having little or no knowledge of the company is the most common mistake job seekers make during interviews
  3. 67% – failure to make eye contact
  4. 38% – lack of smile
  5. 33% – bad posture
  6. 21% – crossing arms over their chest
  7. 9% – using too many hand gestures
  8. 26% – handshake that is too weak
  9. 33% – fidgeting too much

Statistics show that meeting new people the impact is:

  1. 7% – from what we actually say
  2. 38% – the quality of our voice grammar and overall confidence
  3. 55% – the way we dress, act and walk through the door

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