Interview sins: Things you should never say in an interview
Please know what the company does. Iâve had too many candidates who had no clue what we do as a company. If you apply for a job, or even an internship, please take the time to research the company and know their products and services. Familiarize yourself with their industry and be able to speak intelligently about the business. You donât have to know everything, but at least have some general idea. Do an Internet search, get their brochure or talk to folks who may know about the company.
Working out at the gym does not set you apart. This answer floored me! I could not believe what I was hearing. This individual honestly said that working out at the gym sets him apart from everyone else and he took âmillions of classes on marketingâ so he knows what works and what does not. You have to know what skills you bring to an employer. How can you contribute? Donât just give a laundry list of skills. Give actual examples of how youâve used these skills in the past.
Use standard English. Growing up in Chauncey, we had elders like Nurse Maule, teachers such as Ms. Stephens, Ms. King and Ms. Tucker, and many others insisting that we use proper English. At the time, you may not have agreed, but listening to the slang and inability of some candidates to hold a conversation drives home the need to speak standard English. This does not mean you canât use slang or dialect, but not in an interview or even a professional setting where your image is important.
Take the time to truly prepare for interviews and think about how you would like to be perceived. This could positively impact your earning ability, so get it right!
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