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- Poor attitude.
Be cheerful and polite. Give a firm handshake.
- Vague job goals: Has an "I need a job, any job" attitude.
Have specific job goals and state them clearly. Show what you can bring to the company and
not what they can do for you.
- Poor communication skills.
Use proper grammar and good diction. Maintain good eye contact. Never say anything negative about a former employer or co-worker.
- Not attentive in an interview--obvious disinterest in job and lack of enthusiasm.
Be enthusiastic, cooperative, and responsive to questions.
- Unkempt appearance--inappropriate dress for the interview.
Be well groomed and suitably dressed.
- Application not completed correctly--sloppy.
Read the application first, follow instructions, and write neatly. Take a written copy of your work history and
references to use as a guide.
- Lack of preparation for the interview.
Learn something about the company, have a specific job or jobs in mind, and be prepared to answer questions
about your work history, education, interests, and talents.
- Lack of employment and personal references.
Return to your former employer and get written references from supervisors and co-workers.
- No reasonable explanation for gaps in employment. Poor
work history--"job hopping." Quitting a job without notice.
Be honest, but be prepared to explain any employment gaps.
For instance, you may have produced your own income by providing some personal service to others.
- No telephone.
Have a clear plan how an employer could reach you. For
instance, before going to the interview you could ask a family
member or neighbor if they would be willing to help you by
acting as a point of contact for the employer.
- No transportation. (No alternative means of getting to work.)
Plan ahead about how you could commute (perhaps contact
public transportation) to show the employer you could be
responsible for getting to work regularly.
- Bad driving record (good record required for certain jobs).
Find out the minimum requirements for the job to
be sure that you are qualified. If you have a poor driving
record, do not apply for jobs that require a good driving record.
- Lack of job qualifications (medical assistant applies when nurses are needed).
Apply for jobs for which you clearly have the education,
training, and knowledge. If you are not qualified for a job,
have a plan for acquiring the necessary skills.
- Acting like a "know it all."
Let the interviewer direct the conversation. However, don't be afraid to ask questions
about things that you really need to know.
- Late to interview without good reason.
Be on time for your interview. This shows
you are interested in the job and that you feel being on time is important. If you are going to
be late, call the interviewer.
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