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In preparing for your job search, how important is it to anticipate certain questions and prepare for them? Very. In an environment where jobs are eminently scarce, it makes sense to go all out in your preparation for a job. You don’t want to miss out on any opportunity just because of lack of preparation on your part.

What are the most Common interview mistakes?

All of us have put our foot in our mouths at some time or the other. We have said things that we didn’t really mean to. However, if you make such mistakes in your job search, there is little chance of being able to undo the damage. This is because a potential employer is most likely interviewing many candidates for a single position; an unwitting mistake on your part can result in a lasting negative impression.

Thorough preparation for your interview is important if you want to avoid a careless mistake ruining an employer’s opinion of you.

Some Common Areas to Avoid

No Negative Talk: Whether good or bad, resist talking about your current or previous employer and co-workers in a negative light. This sends a signal that you are willing to talk about someone negatively and could lead a potential employer to wonder about your dependability.

Avoid Bloopers: Do not make the mistake of appearing flippant. For example, if asked about, relocation don’t offer answers like, “I simply felt my fortunes are linked with this place,” or “Someone told me this place has excellent weekend getaways,” and so on. Providing such answers may lead the interviewer to believe that the job is really not that important for you.

Don’t Lie: Most of us will lie at some time or other to cover up unpleasant facts. While this may be harmless in most cases, no employer wants to have a liar on the team. If you have been asked a question and don’t know the answer, admit that you have no idea at that moment, but would be willing to undertake certain steps to find it. Such an answer will also establish you as a professional willing to find solutions.

Avoid Getting Personal: Even if you are asked questions of a personal nature, avoid getting too personal. If you feel the interview seems to be going along casual lines, steer clear of issues that bring up personal matters to the forefront.

Prepare your Answers: Anticipate that certain questions will be asked in an interview. If your resume reflects an abrupt exit from your last workplace, you may be asked about the circumstances in detail. The best way to handle this is to prepare your answers well in advance.

Avoid Disinterest: When you are appearing for an interview, learn as much as you can about the company. There is always a lot of information about different companies available on the Internet. Take out some time and find out details. This also conveys your interest in that particular company and your willingness to take out the time and learn more about it.

A. Harrison Barnes is the founder and CEO of CareerMission, the parent company of more than 90 job-search websites, employment services, recruiting firms and student loan companies. CareerMission (originally Juriscape) employs several hundred employees in 14 offices throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. These companies were literally started from Harrison’s garage several years ago after Harrison quit his job.

Harrison resides in Malibu, California. He is a sought-after career advice guru and writes articles relating to the legal community. Harrison is an active philanthropist and advocate for people reaching their full potential in their careers. Given his passion for job seekers and them reaching their full ability, Harrison recently started offering a limited number of coaching engagements to job seekers.

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