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Did you know that there are several different ways to bomb a job interview that have nothing to do with your previous experience? Not only will a potential boss be examining your work history like a hawk over prey, but they will also be looking at every little action you take while in the interview room. Thankfully there are a few ways to make sure you don't make some of these common interview mistakes!
You aren't going out on the town and you aren't heading to a professional photo shoot, so leave behind your nicest dress or most flattering v-neck. Dress appropriate to the respective position. Is this a corporate job? Slacks and a button up will do just fine.
Your sense of smell is one of the strongest senses in your repertoire, so don't abuse it! Caking yourself in cologne or perfume is a great way to get your boss wondering, 'What are they trying to hide'? Even worse, the wrong perfume or cologne could remind your potential boss about an ex-relationship. Not ideal!
Nothing says 'problematic employee' like a person who can't even make it to their interview on time. While it isn't the end of the world, and there are many reasons for being late, the goal is to be there 5 to 10 minutes early. A potential boss will love seeing you waiting and ready for them. It puts of a professional vibe that will protect you from other little mistakes!
This one seems too obvious to have to mention, but here we are. Many people actually bring their coffee with them in the interview room. It looks lazy and unfocused and is a sure check in the wrong box.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|