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20 Job Interview No-No's

Employers don’t interview unqualified job candidates, so if they’ve scheduled an interview with you, they already think you’re qualified.

That’s great, right?

Yes, but… they also think that about the other candidates they’re interviewing.

To stand out, pay special attention to your attire and attitude. If you dress well and show up on time (which means 5-10 minutes early), no one will notice. But if you don’t, they’ll definitely notice—and not in a good way.

Here are 20 interview no-no’s to remember:

  1. No being late
  2. No jeans
  3. No wrinkles
  4. No holes
  5. No stains
  6. No fragrance
  7. No flirting
  8. No gum chewing
  9. No smoking
  10. No cell phone
  11. No iPod
  12. No coffee
  13. No garlic
  14. No swearing
  15. No pen borrowing (bring your own!)
  16. No boss-bashing
  17. No rambling on and on
  18. No over-sharing of personal details
  19. No inappropriate remarks
  20. No salary demands (yet).

Remember, it can be impossible to recover from a bad first impression

Fortunately, these 20 bloopers are pretty simple to avoid. When there's a job at stake that pays tens of thousands of dollars per year, a little extra time and effort to be well prepared and professional is worth it. 

Now let’s hear from you... Do you think it’s fair that these things matter in a hiring decision? Have you ever been hired despite breaking the rules? Are there other interview "don’ts" I’ve forgotten? Leave a comment and we’ll reply!

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Job Interview Basics: Prepare Well to Present Well
First Impressions Mean Everything in Your Job Search
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