Don't Make These Job Interview Blunders

By Dennis McCafferty
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Nearly everyone has made an honest mistake while meeting with a potential employer, but we're fairly certain that you've never committed any of the following job interview gaffes. They were compiled from a recent OfficeTeam survey of more than 600 senior managers in North America, covering a broad range of what not to wear and what not to say or do. "Interviews are nerve-racking, but proper preparation by job seekers and hiring managers can help things run more smoothly," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Although interview blunders may be embarrassing, candidates who can quickly recover might actually turn an awkward moment into a time to shine." To do so, OfficeTeam suggests the following best practices: Do your homework on any company you visit, and make sure you take advantage of the research by asking organization-relevant questions while there. Practice fielding likely questions during mock interviews conducted by friends or family members. Scout out directions to the office in advance to avoid getting lost and showing up late. Dress appropriately: In nearly all cases, you should wear a suit. And definitely don't make any of the following mistakes!

This article was originally published on 2015-01-15
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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