Don't Lose a Dream Job During the Interview
While technology professionals remain in great demand for available job positions, there are still plenty of ways to lose out on a great opportunity due to mistakes made during an interview, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. In fact, a majority of the hiring managers in the survey said they can tell within the first five minutes of a job interview whether a candidate is a good fit for the position in question. The classic mistakes include not making eye contact and failing to smile, and—on a much more serious level—getting caught in a lie during the discussion. You should also dress in a manner that is appropriate for the occasion (i.e., no T-shirts, shorts or jeans) and avoid appearing arrogant or entitled (regardless of how skilled you are). As part of its research, CareerBuilder came up with a list of real-life "strange interview behaviors"—which include interview blunders involving pizza and booze—and we've included some of those here. More than 2,600 hiring and HR managers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.