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Three mistakes that can ruin an interview

Veronica C. | May 23, 2012

After weeks, or even months, of sending out applications for premium entry level jobs and paid internships, you’ve managed to secure your first real interview. However, before you get too excited, you’ll need to brush up on your basic techniques to ensure you make a good impression. A misspoken word here or odd body language signal there can have a profoundly negative effect on the hiring manager’s decision, so make sure you avoid these three common interview mistakes.

Salary and benefits
While you’re certainly looking for a rewarding career opportunity and will allow you to learn and grow within your desired industry, you also want to make sure you’re well compensated for your work. However, discussing salary and benefits too early can instantly turn the interview sour. Leave these matters for the end of the discussion.

Nonstop talking
The purpose of an interviewer’s questions is to reveal as much about your professional and educational experiences as possible to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for a particular position. However, don’t take this as an invitation to monopolize the interview. Remember that you want to engage in a gainful conversation with the hiring manager about a variety of topics – don’t make the entire meeting about you alone.

Becoming too friendly
Many interviewers pride themselves on being able to set a job candidate at ease. However, you shouldn’t confuse a relaxed hiring manager with someone who wants to be your friend. Establish a personal connection with your interview, but remain courteous and professional throughout the meeting.


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